Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over the age of 50. However, few people know they have PAD until the disease has reached its advanced stages.
PAD is a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Most often legs don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand, and this causes leg pain. PAD is often caused by fatty deposits of plaque that build up in the artery walls and reduce blood flow.
To raise awareness about PAD, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and P.A.D. Coalition is sponsoring the “Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to Learn About P.A.D.” campaign. The PAD campaign is the first national awareness campaign to increase public and health care provider awareness of PAD and its association with other cardiovascular diseases. The campaign includes patient education, a national and local media outreach program and community events designed to raise awareness of PAD in adults over the age of 50.
Visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/pad/ to learn more about the Stay in Circulation campaign.