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PAD Go-To-Guide for Health Care Professionals
Our guide is an easy-to-use, interactive tool that empowers doctors and nurses to engage patients diagnosed with peripheral artery disease. Access resources and the AHA’s latest patient engagement tools to deliver effective patient education.
Amy Pollak, M.D., Mayo Clinic (cardiovascular medicine) speaks about detecting and diagnosing PAD, a disease that affects more than 113 million adults worldwide and over 8.5 million adults over age 40 in the United States. While it’s a serious risk factor for coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease, PAD remains a largely overlooked condition.
PAD Fact Sheet
Help your patients understand the risk factors, signs and symptoms and treatments for PAD.
Talking to Your Patients About PAD
Remind your team that educating your patients about PAD and its treatments should begin with explaining the disease and its risks.
- Signs and Symptoms Checklist (PDF) — Accurate PAD diagnoses rely on a thorough patient history and physical exam. Use this checklist when asking your patients about their risk factors and symptoms.
- Watch, Learn, Live — Help your patients understand PAD by viewing this illustration.
- Self-Check Plan (PDF) — Our printable self-check plan makes it easy for your patients to track their symptoms.
- Answers by Heart Fact Sheets — These downloadable patient information sheets can help your patients understand their condition and needed lifestyle changes and treatments.
- How Can Physical Activity Become a Way of Life (PDF) — Educate your patients on the importance of being physically active.
- Support Network — Connect your patients with peer-to-peer support by recommending our online Support Network.