Collaborating to Make a Difference
February 19th was a big day for Modern Vascular. It was the first national “Red Sock Day” to build awareness for the diagnosis and treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). The day, initiated this year by the national non-profit group TheWaytoMyHeart.org, was designed to build awareness for PAD and encourage all doctors to check their patient’s feet at their appointments.
Due to increasing rates of Type 2 diabetes and reduced access to care exacerbated by the pandemic, patients in crisis from PAD are at all-time high. PAD awareness day is about collaboration of all healthcare professionals to timely diagnose and treat this disease.
Modern Vascular’s outpatient treatment options for PAD are an important part of building awareness and access to care, but we can only do what we do with your support. Please join us in the fight to eliminate unnecessary amputations. It is a lofty goal but one worth fighting for. At Modern Vascular, our core purpose is to ensure PAD patients are educated about their disease and offered the best treatment available through our cutting edge care.
Today and every day, we thank you for collaborating with us to make a difference.
Red Sock Day
The third Saturday in February (February 19, 2022) is designated as annual “Red Sock Day” recognizing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
TheWaytoMyHeart.org, a national non-profit Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) patient advocacy group out of California, celebrated the first annual national “Red Sock Day” building awareness for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), its patients, and treatment with their 2022 Heart Disease Conference. The conference featured three Modern Vascular Managing Physicians, Dr. Stephen Leschak (Interventional Radiologist, Southaven, MS), Dr. Matthew French MD, FACC, FSCAI (Interventional Cardiologist, Indianapolis, IN) and Dr. Wande Pratt (Vascular Surgeon, St. Louis, MO) discussed how these three specialties all work together to save limbs and lives at Modern Vascular.
Kym McNicholas, who heads TheWaytoMyHeart.org explains the importance of the day’s designation. “We are using this day as a way to build awareness of PAD and encourage patients to take their socks off when they visit the doctor. Just taking two fingers and two seconds to check the foot pulses of a patient over 50 can make a huge difference in the early diagnosis and treatment of PAD and related life-threatening diseases.”
Dr. Stephen Leschak Awarded the 2022 U.S. Patient Champion Award for PAD
This year’s recipient of the “U.S. Patient Champion Award” is Dr. Stephen Leschak, an interventional radiologist and the managing physician for Modern Vascular in Southaven. “Dr. Leschak really stands out in the way he cares for his patients.” says Kym, “He looks at each patient as an individual human and takes all of their health issues in consideration when he recommends a course of care. He truly cares about their quality of life and their overall health.”
Patient Stories: “Only Dr. Pozun was Able to Give Me Relief”
A patient expresses deep gratitude for the doctor who gave him pain relief after almost 5 years of looking for a solution.
Radek Kuczmierowski is a 72-year old big rig truck driver from Surprise, Arizona. Radek was first diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in 2017 when he visited an area specialist for the intense pain he was feeling in his left leg. What followed was a frustrating series of doctors and procedures, 6 to be exact, none of which provided any relief. Radek received his 6th procedure in April of 2021 after which he said the pain was so extreme he could no longer stand it. He immediately called his physician to let him know how much pain he was in and was told he could not be seen for another 2 weeks.
Number 17 Coming Soon: Modern Vascular in Memphis
Samuel G. Putnam, III, MD, FSIR, will lead Modern Vascular’s new clinic in Memphis, TN. Dr. Putnam is a dual board-certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist with over 20 years of specialty expertise in peripheral artery disease and fibroid disease. Serving the Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee tri-state area, this clinic joins one of Modern Vascular’s busiest vascular and wound care clinics in Southaven, MS.
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