||How healthy are your legs? Penn is
hosting a free screening event for members of the media to look
for peripheral arterial disease. P.A.D. is a condition that
develops when arteries in the legs become clogged with plaque,
limiting the flow of blood to the legs.
This media screening event will help launch the first Stay
in Circulation Week, part of a new national public health
campaign aimed at increasing public and health care provider
awareness of P.A.D.
Monday, September 18
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
||Welcoming remarks and explanation of P.A.D.
by Emile Mohler, MD, Director of Vascular
Medicine at Penn
||Q & A with Mohler, William Stavropoulos,
MD, Interventional Radiologist, and Omaida
Velazquez, MD, Vascular Surgeon at Penn
||A local patient shares his personal story
||Free screenings for media members in a clinical setting
screenings include: checking your ankle brachial index
which measures blood pressure in the legs, plus an ultrasound
of your neck to check for blockages in your carotid arteries
which supplies blood to your brain
(across the street from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania)
Civic Center Boulevard at 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
4th Floor, Vascular Medicine Clinical Research Area
& garage parking available at Penn Tower
NOTE: This event is NOT open
to the general public.
However, Penn will be holding its annual “Legs for Life”
screening event for the public on November 14, 2006 at Houston Hall
on the Penn campus. Call (215) 615-4135 to reserve a screening time.
PATIENT STORY: Keeping Up On the Golf Course…
A Penn patient and avid golfer will be on-hand to share his personal
story of suffering from P.A.D. Despite the pain in his legs when
he walks, Nick still keeps up with his golf swing. This Newtown
Square, Pennsylvania resident is a retired aerospace engineer who
worked on the oxygen sensors in space shuttles, served in the navy
in World War II, and has nearly two-dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
WHAT IS P.A.D.?
Peripheral arterial disease is a common yet serious disease. It
occurs when extra cholesterol and fat circulating in the blood collects
in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. P.A.D.
is commonly seen in the arteries in the legs, but it can also affect
other arteries outside the heart, including those that lead to the
brain, arm, kidneys and stomach.
Nearly 12 million Americans (One in 20) over the age of 50 are
living with P.A.D., giving them a two- to six-fold increased risk
of death from heart attack and stroke.
YOU ARE AT RISK FOR P.A.D. IF YOU:
- Are over the age of 50.
- Smoke or have smoked.
- Have diabetes.
- Have high blood pressure.
- Have high blood cholesterol.
- Have a personal or family history of vascular disease, heart
attack or stroke.
- Are African American.
- Are under the age of 50 with diabetes and one other cardiovascular
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF P.A.D.
It is important to know that P.A.D. does not always present symptoms.
In fact, many of those with P.A.D. do not experience obvious symptoms.
For some people, the first sign of P.A.D. is “claudication,”
which can feel like fatigue, heaviness, tiredness, cramping or pain
in the leg muscles. This discomfort occurs during activity such
as walking and promptly goes away at rest. Many times, people think
this pain is just a natural part of aging and do not tell their
health care providers. However, leg discomfort can be a sign that
the leg arteries are clogged.
Other symptoms include: cramping or pain in the legs and/or feet
at rest that often disturbs sleep; sores or wounds on toes, feet
or legs that heal slowly, poorly or not at all; color changes in
the skin of the feet, including paleness or blueness; a lower temperature
in one leg compared to the other leg; poor nail growth and decreased
hair growth on toes and legs.
WORK BEING DONE AT PENN TO BATTLE P.A.D.
At Penn, there are several different specialty areas working to
diagnose and treat P.A.D. in our patients including vascular medicine,
interventional radiology and vascular surgery.
Vascular Medicine: Penn is considered to be one of the
leaders, regionally and nationally, in the new subspecialty of vascular
medicine. Several clinical research trials are conducted here to
test the use of new drugs for treatment in vascular disease. Penn
is also one of the few medical institutions to have a focused vascular
medicine program as part of its overall cardiovascular medicine
services. Emile Mohler, MD, who serves as the director of vascular
medicine at Penn, is also board-certified in vascular medicine (believed
to be a first in the Philadelphia region). Penn is a high-volume
medical center where cardiology fellows/future doctors are also
trained in vascular medicine.
Interventional Radiology: The Penn Interventional Radiology
Division, a large I.R. practice, with more than a dozen board-certified
I.R. physicians, performs more than 10,000 minimally invasive procedures
annually, including angioplasty and stenting for P.A.D.
Vascular Surgery: Penn surgeons from the Division of Vascular
Surgery diagnose and treat blood vessel disorders from complex abdominal
aortic aneurysms to varicose veins. The Surgery Division has an
extensive diagnostic facility that offers patients state-of-the-art
technology with minimal trauma. Penn's Division of Vascular Surgery
is the most active center in the region, performing more carotid,
aortic, and peripheral arterial repairs than any other.
P.A.D. is diagnosed through medical and family history; a physical
exam; and screenings such as the ankle-brachial index (ABI) or the
P.A.D. is treated through lifestyle changes; medication; and in
some cases, a special procedure or surgery. The overall goal of
treatment for P.A.D. is to reduce symptoms, improve the patient’s
quality of life and mobility and to prevent heart attack, stroke
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care
honors [Hospital of theUniversity of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical
Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network;
two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.