Test Your Knowledge of Pad

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a silent, life-threatening disease that affects more Americans than all types of cancer combined. Despite its prevalence, awareness of the disease is lacking.

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PAD stands for:

A

Partial Arterial Dysfunction

B

Peripheral Artery Disease

C

Post Adolescent Diabetes

D

Primarily Artery Dysfunction

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Answer: b, Also known as Peripheral Arterial Disease, PAD is a potentially life-threatening disease that is caused by blockages in the arteries that reduces blood flow.

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Which is not a symptom of PAD?

A

Pain in legs especially after exercise

B

Foot and leg discoloration

C

Varicose veins in legs

D

Foot wounds that don’t heal

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Answer: c, Varicose veins are not related to PAD and are not treated at a Modern Vascular clinic.

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PAD can be effectively treated…

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Only in a hospital setting

B

Only by a Vascular Surgeon

C

Only by an Interventional Radiologist

D

By either an Interventional Radiologist or Vascular Surgeon

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Answer: d, PAD can be treated by either an Interventional Radiologist or Vascular Surgeon. Modern Vascular employs both IR and VS Physicians in its clinics.

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PAD is more common in Diabetics because…

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PAD causes Diabetes

B

Diabetics tend to be less active

C

Diabetes increases inflammation of blood vessels which can make it harder for blood to flow through arteries

D

Diabetics also tend to be smokers

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Answer: c, Diabetes increases inflammation of blood vessels which can make it harder for blood to flow through arteries. Increased inflammation of blood vessels as well as alterations in blood cells and hemostatic factors, are among the various Diabetes-related changes that increase the tendency of fatty plaque build-up in arteries.  This build up can contribute to decreased blood flow through the affected arteries. Lifestyle choices like lower activity levels and smoking also contribute to the development of PAD but are not caused by Diabetes.

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Left untreated, possible complications of PAD include:

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Foot wounds that don’t heal

B

Gangrene

C

Amputation

D

All of the above

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Answer: d, Foot wounds that don’t heal, gangrene and amputation are all possible complications of PAD. The complications of untreated PAD are serious and can eventually lead to premature death.

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Which number best represents the number of people in the US that currently have PAD?

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1-3 million

B

8-12 million

C

20-25 million

D

None of the above

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Answer: b, 8-12 million Americans currently have PAD, more than all cancers combined; however, only about 40% of these cases exhibit symptoms and have been formally diagnosed.

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What percentage of PAD related amputations are preventable with treatment?

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10%-20%

B

20%-40%

C

40%-60%

D

60%-90%

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Answer: d, Studies show that when treated early, up to 90% of PAD related amputations can be avoided.

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How long after a Modern Vascular procedure do patients return home?

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1-2 minutes

B

1-2 hours

C

1-2 days

D

1-2 weeks

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Answer: b, Patients are asked to wait in an office at least an hour after a procedure while the sedation wears off.  Most walk out of the office, on their own, within two hours.

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Modern Vascular receives patient referrals daily from what types of doctors?

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Primary care physicians

B

Podiatrists and Wound Specialists

C

Endocrinologists

D

All of the above

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Answer: d, Modern Vascular receives patient referrals from Primary care physicians, Podiatrists, Wound Specialists and Endocrinologists. PAD patients have related symptoms that are treated by all of these medical teams and Modern Vascular partner with these doctors to coordinate patient care.  We also receive referrals from Cardiologists and Vascular clinics who do not specialize in PAD treatment below the knee.

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Interventional Radiologist training consists of…

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4 years at a Health Specialty Institution

B

Same as a family doctor but with different classes

C

Medical school plus one year of additional radiology training

D

Medical school plus 6-7 years additional training

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Answer: d, Interventional Radiologists are highly specialized doctors whose training consists of medical school plus 6-7 years additional training. In addition, Modern Vascular IRs typically train at Modern Vascular facilities on below the knee treatments 3-6 months prior to managing a clinic.

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Early detection and treatment of PAD begin with awareness. Modern Vascular has developed numerous educational resources for patients and providers to better understand Peripheral Artery Disease.

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