Mandate for Creation of a National Peripheral Arterial Disease Public Awareness Program: An Opportunity to Improve Cardiovascular Health

Alan T. Hirsch, Peter Gloviczki, Alain Drooz, Marge Lovell, Mark A. Creager

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Abstract

Background: There has been increasing recognition of the detrimental effect of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) on the health of Americans, and yet there is no common national program of public PAD education designed to diminish this effect. Format: To heighten awareness of this problem, a 2-day PAD Public Education Strategy Meeting was recently attended by representatives of 17 professional societies and public health associations whose missions support the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of vascular diseases. This Public Education Strategy Meeting was intended to provide the rationale and structure to create a national PAD public awareness campaign to diminish the health effect of PAD and to improve cardiovascular outcomes in the United States. This document (1) provides the rationale for creation of a national PAD public education program; (2) reviews the development and success of national hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and Women’s Heart Health public education programs as models of educational efficacy; (3) elucidates how the work of many vascular professionals has led to a national consensus for creation of a national PAD public educational program; (4) provides an overview of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PAD education meeting; and (5) outlines the “next steps” required to accomplish these goals. Outcome: This meeting achieved consensus that we share responsibility for developing accurate, unified messages to promote PAD awareness and improved care. Participants agreed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalAngiology
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004

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