September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness month. The goal of Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month is to increase the public’s awareness about the risks of PAD as well as its relationships with other vascular diseases.

What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

PAD is a serious medical condition that affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States. It occurs when there is a buildup of extra cholesterol and plaque in the arteries (typically in the leg), which results in reduced or blocked blood flow to the legs and feet. PAD can cause severe health problems that can interfere with quality of life.

If you believe you are at risk of PAD, call HCHS Heart and Vascular Center. HCHS also offers Project Life, a wellness screening program that covers cardiac and vascular screens, including one that can detect PAD. Call: 641-843-5500 for more information.