Sunday, April 1, 2018

Take A Stand Against Amputation: Raising Awareness About a Potentially Life-Threatening Disease With Worse Outcomes for Minorities


Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the biggest disease that most people have never heard about. Up to a staggering 18 million Americans1 suffer from PAD, a potentially life-threatening disease. Early detection is key to treating this condition where plaque builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.
There are more than 160,000 PAD-related amputations in the U.S. each year, so when left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation.2 And the rate of amputation for African-American and Hispanic-Americans with PAD is higher than for white Americans.
  •     African-Americans are twice as likely to be amputated as a result of advanced PAD as Caucasians.3
  •     Hispanics receive an amputation for PAD at a rate 50 percent higher than Caucasians.3



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