Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a life-threatening condition, affects
millions of Americans by narrowing arteries and reducing blood flow to
the limbs, according to
American Heart Association (AHA) estimates. And
according to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 1 out of every 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50
have this condition.
Because people with PAD may or may not have symptoms, PAD can go undiagnosed.
That’s why it’s important to be examined, especially if you
are at risk for coronary artery disease, experience leg pain when walking,
or have ulcers on your legs or feet. Patients with PAD are also at risk
for lower-extremity amputation, particularly in people over the age of
50, according to the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
For more information about PAD symptoms and minimally-invasive treatment
options as well as receive free PAD screenings, join the Reppell Diabetes
Learning Center for a Love Your Limbs: Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness
Event featuring interventional cardiologist Dr. Patrick Tobbia
on Monday, January 29 at noon. The event is free, and lunch will be served. Because space is limited,
reservations are required. To register,
enroll online or contact Jodi Bodenhamer, RN, CDE, RDLC Coordinator, at (870) 508-1765 or
The Love Your Limbs Campaign is an initiative to raise public awareness
of PAD and physician awareness of treatment options. While the potential
life-altering consequences of PAD are real, widespread awareness of the
disease is not. For more information, visit