Peripheral Artery Disease Hotspots around the US

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Detroit boasts the highest rate of PAD among its population of any US city, making it the number-one PAD "Hot Spot" in the country.

As part of peripheral artery disease (PAD) awareness month, the National Minority Quality Forum based on data on PAD compiled from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and age, gender, ethnicity, and other demographic data from the 2000 US Census—has revealed that Detroit boasts the highest rate of PAD among its population of any US city, making it the number-one PAD “Hot Spot” in the country.

The complete list of PAD Hot Spots can be accessed at the P.A.D: Make the Connection website, an educational resource sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb and sanofi-aventis in partnership with the P.A.D. Coalition. Rounding out the top 10 Hot Spots on the list are Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Memphis, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.

Patients and physicians can visit the P.A.D: Make the Connection website to access additional information about PAD, including how the condition develops, the symptoms that may indicate a patient has PAD, risk factors associated with PAD, and how the Ankle-Brachial Index and others tests can be used to diagnose PAD.

Visitors to the site can sign up to receive a free information kit that includes a doctor discussion guide and a risk assessor.

Additional PAD Resources

Find a PAD screening site

The “Legs for Life” campaign screening directory

Society for Vascular Surgery screening resources

Info on the Ankle-Brachial Index

PAD facts and information from the American Heart Association

American Academy of Family Physicians management recommendations for PAD

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