How To Tell If You’re At Risk For P.A.D. (NAPSM)—Learning more about the risk factors for periph eral arterial disease (P.A.D.) can help you recognize the condition and get treatment if you need it— and that’s especially important for African Americans. P.A.D. is more common among African Ameri cans than among any other racial or ethnic group. One reason may be that the conditions that raise the risk for P.A.D.—diabetes and high blood pressure—are more common among African Americans. Between 8 and 12 million Americans over the age of 50 (or one in 20 adults) have P.A.D., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)—part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The African-Americans are twice as disease occurs when arteries— likely to develop peripheral arte particularly in the lower legs— rial disease (P.A.D) as any other become clogged with fatty deposits racial or ethnic group. that limit blood flow. in circulation and preserving or P.A.D. increases the risk of heart restoring mobility.” attack and stroke and affects Most people do not experience mobility, but timely detection and pain or other noticeable symptoms. treatment can reduce these risks When they are present, typical and improve your quality of life. symptoms can include: Your risk for P.A.D. is in • Fatigue, heaviness and creased not only if you are African cramping in the leg muscles dur American but also if you smoke or ing activities such as walking or used to smoke; have diabetes, climbing stairs that goes away high blood pressure or high blood with rest; cholesterol; or have a history of • Foot or toe pain at rest that vascular disease, heart attack or disturbs sleep; and stroke. • Sores or wounds on toes or In an effort to raise awareness feet that are slow to heal. about P.A.D., NHLBI and the A simple, painless test called P.A.D. Coalition launched the an ankle-brachial index (ABI) can Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to help diagnose P.A.D. Learn About P.A.D. campaign as a If you’re over the age of 50 or way for people to learn more have any of the risk factors for about the risk factors, symptoms P.A.D., talk to your doctor about and treatment options for P.A.D. your risk. “P.A.D. is not an inevitable con For more information about sequence of aging,” says Elizabeth P.A.D., visit www.aboutpad.org or G. Nabel, M.D., NHLBI director. call the NHLBI Health Informa “Early detection and treatment of tion Center at (301) 592-8573 or P.A.D. are important for staying TTY 240-629-3255. Healthy Ideas Between 8 and 12 million Americans over the age of 50 (or one in 20 adults) have P.A.D. African Americans have a higher risk. Fortunately, early detection and treatment can help improve circulation and restore mobility. For more information about P.A.D., visit www.aboutpad.org.
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