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Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in Oklahoma

May 23, 2024
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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a common yet potentially fatal vascular condition that affects millions of individuals around the world. Oklahoma has an especially high prevalence of PAD and PAD-related amputations, including among rural and Native American populations. Education, early detection, and effective intervention are three ways CardioVascular Health Clinic is helping to address the problem of PAD in our Oklahoma communities.

PAD occurs when arteries in the extremities—typically the legs—become narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of fatty deposits (atherosclerosis), leading to reduced blood flow to the limbs. This can result in symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, numbness, and weakness, particularly during physical activity or while walking—a condition known as intermittent claudication.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide, yet its severity often remains underestimated. At Cardiovascular Health Clinic, we recognize the profound impact of PAD on our community and the critical importance of raising awareness about this condition.

The Problem of PAD in Our Communities

The prevalence of PAD is significant, with studies indicating that around 8 to 12 million Americans are affected, and its incidence increases with age. However, PAD often goes undiagnosed or undertreated, which can have serious consequences. Individuals with PAD are at higher risk of developing complications such as non-healing wounds, infections, and even limb amputations if left untreated.

Recent research has also shed light on the disproportionate impact of PAD in underserved communities. Factors such as limited access to healthcare, socioeconomic disparities, and lifestyle choices contribute to higher rates of PAD in these populations. Addressing these disparities requires proactive screening efforts and targeted management strategies.

At Cardiovascular Health Clinic, we are committed to addressing PAD within our community through a multifaceted three-pronged approach that include:

1. Education: We believe that raising awareness about PAD is crucial for early detection and prevention. Educating both patients and healthcare providers about the risk factors, symptoms, and importance of timely intervention can lead to better outcomes.

2. Early Detection: Routine screening for PAD is essential, especially for individuals at higher risk, such as those over 50 years old, smokers, diabetics, or individuals with a history of cardiovascular disease. Simple non-invasive tests like ankle-brachial index (ABI) can help diagnose PAD early.

3. Effective Interventions: Our clinic offers a range of treatments tailored to each patient's needs. This may include lifestyle modifications (such as smoking cessation, exercise programs), medication to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications, minimally invasive procedures (like angioplasty and stenting), and, in severe cases, surgical interventions.

Through our commitment to community health, we aim to make a tangible difference in combating PAD and improving the quality of life for our patients. By providing comprehensive care and empowering individuals with the knowledge to take charge of their vascular health, we can reduce the burden of PAD on our community.

Be Proactive About PAD with CardioVascular Health Clinic

It's important to emphasize that PAD is not just a disease of the elderly or those with a history of heart problems—it can affect anyone. Therefore, being proactive about vascular health is key. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms like leg pain, cramping, or numbness, especially during physical activity, it's essential to seek medical attention promptly. 

PAD is a significant health issue that requires collective action. By increasing awareness, promoting early detection, and providing effective treatments, we can mitigate the impact of PAD on individuals and communities alike. Together, let's strive towards better vascular health and improved quality of life for all. If you have concerns about PAD or vascular health, don't hesitate to reach out to Cardiovascular Health Clinic for guidance and support. Your vascular health matters, and we are here to help.

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