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6 Ways You Could Be at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease

September 20, 2013

Increased age is accompanied by many great things – from grandchildren, to retirement, to an empty nest and more free time. Unfortunately, it’s also often accompanied by increased risk for serious health problems.

One serious risk linked to increased age is peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is a build-up of plaque inside the main arteries connected to the heart. This process, called atherosclerosis, can lead to chronic pain, heart disease, and even death.

However, there are ways to prevent serious cases of PAD. The first is to know if you are at risk for the condition. The second is to take advantage of PAD screenings if you are at risk.

Below are six key risk factors the American Heart Association warns can lead to peripheral artery disease:

  • High Blood Pressure: This condition often has no symptoms and it can gradually damage your arteries and blood vessels by creating scar tissue that can become clogged with plaque buildup.
  • High Cholesterol: Having high cholesterol in your blood is an easy way for plaque buildup to form. This reduces your blood’s ability to flow, which can hurt multiple areas of your body.
  • Obesity: A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or higher promotes a higher risk of heart disease and stroke – even without other risk factors.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing not only PAD, but many other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Cigarettes: Smoking increases a person’s risk for peripheral arterial disease by four times compared to nonsmokers, because smoking has been seen to directly harm the arteries.
  • Activity Level: If you’re physically inactive, your risk for heart problems in general increases. Physical activity is essential for optimum heart health.

If you are at risk for peripheral arterial disease, a condition that often shows no symptoms, you may want to consider undergoing a PAD screening from Life Line Screening. The screening is fast, easy and non-invasive, and it may alert you to the condition before it becomes catastrophic and leads to serious pain, disability or other heart conditions.

Learn more about the peripheral arterial screening now.




New P.A.D. Guidelines Lower Recommended Age for ABI Screening

October 10, 2011

what to expect peripheral artery disease screeningOn October 3, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released updated guidelines intended to better manage peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

One of the more significant recommendations includes lowering the age at which ABI screenings for peripheral arterial disease should be performed as an effective strategy for diagnosing more at-risk people. Previously at 70 years of age and older, the new recommendation is now 65 years of age and older.

The reason for the new recommendations is explained by the ACCF/AHA in their October 3 press release, printed by Forbes, in which they talk about peripheral artery disease as an underdiagnosed disease that is one of the most common causes of preventable heart attack, stroke, leg amputations and death. The new guide, then, is intended to help the medical community on decision-making related to PAD and improve patient outcomes.

This press release can be downloaded and read in full detail at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2011/10/03/guidelines-for-peripheral-artery-disease-updated/

Life Line Screening Response to the ACCF/AHA’s ABI Screening Recommendation

While the recommendations now have been lowered to 65, Life Line Screening still recommends regularly checking beginning at age 50, based on the prevalence of the disease, the ease and accuracy of screening, and the fact that the risk of stroke begin to double every decade after age 55. 

Our position stems from our position as the largest vascular screening company in the world. It provides us with a unique vantage point on the utility of screening, and our data confirms our belief that screening should begin at this earlier age. We applaud the new guidelines and commend the committee for lowering the age, but recommend that our customers begin a decade earlier when the disease can be caught at more  modest stages.

Important Note for Diabetes Patients from the American Diabetes Association

According to the American Diabetes Association, “Due to the high estimated prevalence of PAD in patients with diabetes, a screening ABI should be performed in patients greater than 50 years of age who have diabetes.” This recommendation can be found in the ADA’s Clinical Diabetes journals at: http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/22/4/181.full.

As advocates for your well-being and quality of life, we want to make sure you have all the facts and recognize the importance of staying proactive about your healthcare.

Meanwhile, if you would like view the ACCF and AHA guidelines, they are available on the P.A.D. Coalition website at: http://www.padcoalition.org/resources/guidelines.php, and will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on November 1, 2011.

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VDF’s Annual Meeting: A Venue Honoring Those Who Support Vascular Disease Health

September 30, 2011

life line screening is proud sponsor of the VDFIn separate press releases, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced the recipients of awards for vascular health support as well as for research of venous disease and peripheral arterial disease. Award recipients were recognized at the VDF’s eighth annual meeting in Washington.

Vascular Health Support

The VDF awards for vascular health support honor citizens, health care providers, organizations, researchers and companies that have enhanced understanding and/or treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

The awards and recipients are detailed in the VDF’s September 23, 2011 press release, which can be read in full detail at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/physicians-and-leaders-supporting-vascular-health-deservedly-recognized-2011-09-23

Venous Disease Research

The VDF’s Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) awards are for venous disease research studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature and are made in three distinct categories: Basic Science, Clinical Outcomes and Quality Improvement and Implementation of Best Practices. The winning studies must provide important or novel insights for each category.

Read about this award and award recipients in the September 29, 2011 press release at: http://www.venousdiseasecoalition.org/media/pressroom/pr092911.php

Peripheral Arterial Disease Research

The VDF’s P.A.D. Coalition awards are for research studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature and are made in three distinct categories: Epidemiology/Preventive Medicine, Vascular Medicine and Vascular Interventions. The winning studies must meet specific criteria, such as insight into lower extremity artherosclerosis and its progression, P.A.D. detection, impact on limb symptoms or quality of life, psychosocial effects, and more for each category.

Read more in this September 29, 2011 release at: http://www.newswise.com/articles/vascular-disease-foundation-announces-p-a-d-coalition-and-venous-disease-coalition-research-awards

Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening is a proud sponsor of the Vascular Disease Foundation and a proud supporter of your vascular disease health and wellness. We provide peripheral arterial disease screenings that are safe, non-invasive and easy. Watch a video that shows how it is done here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jgu8ddU_SY. Get screened!




Peggy Fleming Shares Personal Story to Help in PAD Coalition Efforts

May 5, 2011

In a May 4, 2011 press release, the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) announced that U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming will be featured in a DVD teaching tool promotion from the Vascular Disease Foundation’s PAD Coalition and their partners, the American College of Physicians. This educational tool kit will be made available after a $5 donation. This promotion highlights May Stroke Awareness Month.

In the DVD, “A Guide to PAD,” Peggy will share her own experiences with heart disease, having lost both her father and her sister to the illness. The DVD, with accompanying booklet, is aimed to educate patients on peripheral arterial disease (PAD), its risk factors, symptoms and treatments. It will also include beneficial lifestyle changes.

Peggy Flemming and Life Life Screening

peggy fleming promoted vascular screeningPeggy Fleming has also been long-time supporter of Life Line Screening. See what she has to say about preventive screening services on our site: http://www.lifelinescreening.com/about-us/personal-stories/default.aspx or on the Life Line Screening YouTube channel.

Ms. Fleming should definitely be commended for sharing her personal heartfelt story for the purpose of helping others.

Get your copy of the VDF PAD Coalition’s “A Guide to PAD” here: http://www.vdf.org/estore/pad-practice-tools/a-guide-to-p-a-d-dvd/prod_21.html%20or%20call%20866.PAD.INFO




The Dr. Oz Show Features PAD Screening

October 15, 2010

picture of peripheral arterial disease screening

Photo of a Life Line Screening technician performing the Ankle-Brachial Index test, a screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease.

Dr. Oz discussed Peripheral Arterial Disease and the need to check for it during a show this week.  Dr. Oz does a great job describing why this silent disease can be deadly or lead to amputations.

Check out the two segments here:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/leg-cramps-pt-1

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/leg-cramps-pt-2




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