P.A.D. Coalition press briefing

Peripheral arterial disease: The silent epidemic

An Invitation from the P.A.D. Coalition

The P.A.D Coalition invites you to learn more about peripheral arterial disease and its impact on the nation's health. If you have any questions or comments, please contact info@PADcoalition.org.

Briefing for Health Reporters: Peripheral Arterial Disease: The Silent Epidemic

"Peripheral arterial disease is the most dangerous disease that most Americans have never heard of." Alan T. Hirsch, MD Chair, P.A.D. Coalition

When: Tuesday, September 19, 8:30 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided.

Where: National Press Club (4th Estate Winners Room), 529 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Why You Should Attend People with peripheral arterial disease - P.A.D. - have up to a six-fold increase in cardiovascular death. Without early detection and proper treatment, one in four people with P.A.D. will suffer a heart attack, stroke, amputation or die within the next five years.

Characterized by blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the legs, feet, kidneys, and intestines, P.A.D. affects more than 12 million Americans. Because P.A.D. is a relatively unknown and deadly - but treatable - disease, the federal government is launching a multi-year P.A.D awareness campaign on September 19. The new campaign will be unveiled in a launch event immediately following this media briefing. Come learn about the disease before you hear about this new national campaign.

The statistics are staggering:

About one out of five Americans over the age of 70 has P.A.D. One out of every three people with diabetes over age 50 is likely to have P.A.D. P.A.D. is the leading cause of amputations in people with diabetes. African Americans are more than twice as likely to have P.A.D. than non-Hispanic whites. Smokers and former smokers face up to four times the risk for P.A.D. as non-smokers. Most people with P.A.D. do not have easily recognized symptoms. Access to information about PAD can improve health outcomes. Why Now? On September 19, the P.A.D. Coalition, an alliance of more than 45 leading health organizations, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will launch the newest national cardiovascular educational program designed to create a sustained national awareness of the impact of P.A.D.

Program National experts will provide brief overviews on the following topics and will be available for interviews.

Moderator:

Alan T. Hirsch, MD Chair of the P.A.D. Coalition Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health (Medicine and Radiology) University of Minnesota School of Public Health Director, Abbott Northwestern's Vascular Center Minneapolis, MN

Peripheral Arterial Disease: The Silent Epidemic

Michael Criqui, MD Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine UCSD School of Medicine La Jolla, CA

The Impact of P.A.D. on Quality of Life

Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN Assistant Professor University of Minnesota School of Nursing Minneapolis, MN

New Advances in the Treatment of P.A.D.

Tim Murphy, MD Chair, Science Committee, P.A.D. Coalition Interventional Radiologist -Rhode Island Hospital Professor of Diagnostic Imaging Brown University Providence, RI

Peter Gloviczki, MD Professor of Surgery Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, MN

Diabetes and P.A.D.: A Deadly Duo

Peter Sheehan, MD Director, Diabetes Center of Greater New York Cabrini Medical Center New York, NY

RSVP to info@padcoalition.org by Monday, September 18

The P.A.D. Coalition is an alliance of more than 45 leading healh organizations and government agencies working to improve the health and health care of people with P.A.D. Visit www.PADCoalition.org to learn more.

Attendees will receive a variety of P.A.D. resources including patient and professional education tools and a USB memory stick that contains fact sheets with citations, patient video clips and actual X-fay images. Broadcast quality video footage is available for TV stations.

DIRECTIONS TO THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (NPC) www.press.org

From the Metro: Take the Metro Rail to Metro Center Station Take 13th Street Exit - go up the escalator Turn left on 13th Street & walk one block to F Street Turn right & walk one block to 14th Street Turn left & enter NPC Building - go to the 13th floor

From the South: Take 95 North to I-395 North Follow signs to 14th Street & exit onto 14th Street Pass the Bureau of Engraving & Printing & the Washington Monument Cross Pennsylvania Avenue. The NPC is on the right next door to the J.W. Marriott Hotel at the corner of 14th & F Streets

From the North: Take 95 South to the Baltimore Washington Parkway - South Exit at New York Avenue (Route 30) Follow New York Avenue to 14th Street NW and turn left The NPC Building is at the corner of 14th and F Streets

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