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Early Detection is Key to Reducing the Chance of Serious Outcomes of
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
When most people think of heart disease, their association is with coronary artery disease (CAD), where fatty deposits and plaque can build up in the arteries that carry blood from your heart through the body. But artery disease can affect more than just the heart. The limited blood flow caused by artery disease can be dangerous, leading to blood clots and a lesser known but very serious disease called peripheral artery disease (PAD).
CAD is the most common type of heart disease and is the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S.1 Approximately 18.2 million adults over age 20 are living with CAD in the U.S.2 PAD affects an estimated 20 million Americans,3 yet only approximately 8.5 million are diagnosed.4 If left untreated, CAD and PAD can increase the risk of serious health outcomes such as heart attack, stroke,5 and – in the case of PAD – acute limb ischemia or even a lower limb amputation.6
It’s important to be aware of the potential connection between these two artery diseases. If you have CAD, you may have an increased risk of PAD – and vice versa.6 In fact, more than 40% of individuals with CAD also have PAD.1
Further, these conditions have overlapping risk factors – including hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and smoking (even formerly smoking).6 In fact, smoking is the most common preventable cause of PAD.7 Up to 90 percent of people with PAD have a history of smoking,8 and smokers have a 4x greater risk of PAD than nonsmokers.9
Early detection is key to reducing the chance of serious outcomes. Knowing your risk of CAD and PAD – and talking to your doctor – are important first steps.
Dr. Veita Bland, renowned hypertension specialist and family physician, and Pamela Parker, PAD patient and passionate advocate for artery disease awareness, discusses the importance of early detection, intervention and management of CAD and PAD.
Interview courtesy: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc
IT’S HEARTHEALTH MONTH AND AN IMPORTANT TIME TO TALK ABOUT ARTERY DISEASE.
[ALT, if live or airing before February 1: HEART HEALTH MONTH IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND IT’S ANIMPORTANT TIME TO TALK ABOUT ARTERY DISEASE.]
ARTERY DISEASECAN AFFECT MORE THAN JUST YOUR HEART AND EARLY DETECTION IS KEY TO REDUCING THECHANCE OF SERIOUS OUTCOMES.
HERE TO TALKABOUT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (C-A-D) AND A RELATEDCONDITION, CALLED PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (P-A-D), ARE FAMILY PHYSICIAN ANDRENOWNED HYPERTENSION SPECIALIST, DR. VEITA (“Veeta”) BLAND, ALONG WITH P-A-DPATIENT AND ADVOCATE, PAMELA.
Dr. Veita Bland, Family Physician and Renowned Hypertension Specialist
Dr. Veita Bland is a practicing physician in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Bennett College, Temple University School of Medicine, and the residency program at The University of Maryland. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Certified Clinical Hypertension Specialist.
She has spent her career making sure her patients are informed about their health so they understand why taking care of their health is important and can pass down the correct information about their disease to others.
To that end, she is a columnist of medical articles for papers across the country and is the host of the nationally syndicated podcast, “It’s A Matter of Your Health: The30 Min Health Magazine”.
She believes that we all teach each other. So let’s get the information right.
Pam, PAD Patient and Advocate
Pam is a Health and Physical Education Educator in Washington D.C.’s public school system, a heart attack survivor, and a Champion of Women Heart, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease.
Pam has educated and empowered others for more than 25 years. She has consistently earned the ranking of Highly Effective Teacher and this year she was honored to be a Physical Education Emerging Leaders (PEEL) Fellowship Candidate. The fellowship builds teacher capacity and establishes schools that serve as a district-wide model of implementing a successful Health and Physical Education program amongst D.C. public schools.
Pam was diagnosed with PAD in 2009, which included immediate surgery to clear blockages in her legs, and suffered a heart attack in 2014. Her experiences led her to advocate in the heart health space. She is passionate about equipping youth –and all of us – with the knowledge and tools to make smart, healthy decisions. Presently, Pam is in the process of writing a children’s book, titled, “I Love My Heart”.
Pam has shared her experiences with Good Morning Washington in 2018 as well as the U.S. House of Representative in 2019. She has spoken at briefings on Capitol Hill, a panel with Vascular Cures and other events engaging lawmakers to inform future health policy.
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