Takeaways from the Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Treatment Options Live Chat

pad-260x200Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) live chat on Tuesday, January 24th with the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Chief of Vascular Surgery, Dr. William Jordan. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over 50. Those who suffer from PAD are at increased risk for heart disease, aortic aneurysms and stroke. PAD is also a marker for diabetes, hypertension and other conditions.

Dr. William Jordan was able to answer all of your questions about PAD and the various treatment options available. We received a lot of awesome questions which you can find in the full chat transcript here. Below are some highlights from our live chat.

 

Question: How do I get tested for PAD?

Dr. Jordan: A thorough physical exam would be the first test. Non-invasive testing with blood pressure cuffs on the legs along with low-grade treadmill walking can usually confirm the diagnosis. It is best to see a vascular specialist to be tested.

Question: Are there clinical trials for PAD?

Dr. Jordan: Yes, Emory participates in the BEST-CLI study which is an NIH sponsored study to compare open vs. endovascular treatment for PAD. We also are constantly evaluating new treatment modalities as new devices become available.

Question: What do you think the best way to treat PAD is?

Dr. Jordan: The first line would be medical therapy, including lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet and nicotine cessation. If there is not improvement from medical therapy, we will consider the patient for reconstruction- bypass or stent.

 

Thank you again to everyone who joined us for our PAD live chat! You can learn more about the Emory Heart & Vascular Center here.

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