You’re most likely aware of the symptoms and dangers of stroke, heart attack, and obesity. You’ve probably seen ads on TV and in print media generated for national campaigns about these conditions. But if someone asked you what you know about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), what would you be able to tell them?
Although it affects more than 8 million people, there has been no national campaign to educate patients or health care professionals about PAD. As a result, PAD often goes unrecognized until it reaches advanced stages. People often mistake its symptoms for other conditions.
“PAD is like an iceberg,” says Dr. Jonathan Sherman, a cardiologist with Pikes Peak Cardiology. “We’re treating only the tip of the iceberg.”