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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
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Contact: Amy Murphy
amurphy@acc.org
301-581-3476
American College of Cardiology
14-Sep-2006


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