September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month! PAD is a chronic circulatory condition, which if left untreated can result in unnecessary limb amputations. PAD affects nearly 20 million Americans, and an estimated 200,000 of them – disproportionately from minorities communities – suffer avoidable amputations every year.
By increasing PAD awareness nationally, the CVC hopes to improve access to PAD screening and treatments, which is shown to improve quality of life, reduce care costs and prevent limb loss.
Tools and Resources
During September, we encourage members of the vascular care community including physicians, clinicians and patient advocates to use the tools below to spread the word about PAD Awareness month among their colleagues, patients and friends. Together, we can increase understanding of vascular disease to improve the health of many Americans.
In honor of PAD Awareness Month, ask your Member of Congress to raise #PADAwareness by becoming a member of the new Congressional PAD Caucus, formed by Representatives Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12).