September is PAD Awareness Month!
Today, nearly 20 million Americans are living with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and an estimated 200,000 of them – disproportionately from minority communities – suffer avoidable amputations every year.
By increasing PAD awareness nationally, the ABC in conjunction with the CVC hopes to improve access to PAD screening and treatments, which is shown to improve quality of life, reduce care costs and prevent limb loss.
Fortunately, lawmakers in Congress are taking action. Representatives Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) have worked together to establish the first Congressional PAD Caucus to educate Congress and communities about PAD while supporting legislative activities to improve PAD research, education, and treatment, with the goal of preventing non-traumatic amputations due to PAD and other related diseases.
During September, we are encouraging members of the vascular care community including physicians, clinicians and patient advocates to spread the word about PAD Awareness Month among their colleagues, patients and friends, AND, to contact their representatives.
In honor of PAD Awareness Month, ask your Member of Congress to raise #PADAwareness by becoming a member of the Congressional PAD Caucus.