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For Immediate Release — December 12, 2006

P.A.D. Coalition Launches New Patient Education
Resources on Peripheral Arterial Disease

Lakewood, CO – Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) is a common cardiovascular disease that affects more than 8 million Americans. The P.A.D. Coalition, an alliance of leading health organizations united together to raise public awareness about lower extremity P.A.D., has put together an array of patient education resources available free for health care professionals and the general public.

P.A.D. occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, reducing blood flow to the legs. As a result, P.A.D. may cause leg muscle pain when walking and lead to disability, amputation and a poor quality of life. The blocked arteries found in people with P.A.D. are an indication that they are likely to have narrowed arteries to the heart and the brain. Thus, P.A.D. is a powerful warning sign of existing cardiovascular disease and raises the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke.

The resources are available on the Coalition’s Web site,, and include a series of nine handouts that health care providers may download in pdf format and copy for their patients. The materials provide easy-to-understand, science-based information to help patients and their families better manage P.A.D. Several topics have been specifically adapted for the Canadian population by including metric conversions. Topics are as follows:



The P.A.D. Coalition has also partnered with the Medtronic Foundation’s Patient Link program to adapt these informative hand-outs into Spanish. These new Spanish-language resources will debut in the spring of 2007.

“The free ‘Life Saving Tips’ patient education series is a valuable tool to all clinicians that care for patients with P.A.D.” said P.A.D. Coalition co-chair, Marge Lovell, RN, Clinical Trials Nurse at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, ON. “By empowering our patients and helping them properly manage their disease, we can reduce the devastating consequences of P.A.D., including heart attack, stroke and amputation.”

To address this serious and growing health problem, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the P.A.D. Coalition launched a P.A.D. awareness campaign in September of 2006. Titled Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to Learn About P.A.D., this campaign provides resource materials and tools for consumers, community groups, medical professionals and health organizations to inform Americans about the risks, symptoms and treatment of P.A.D.  New Stay in Circulation resources are available online at

P.A.D. affects both women and men and can strike adults of any age. However, the risk of P.A.D. is increased in those over the age of 50, particularly in those who smoke or have smoked; have diabetes, high blood pressure, or abnormal cholesterol; are of African American ethnicity; or have a personal history of heart disease or stroke. 


Development of the Lifesaving Tips patient education series was supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership and Cordis Endovascular, a Johnson and Johnson company.

For information on P.A.D., visit or call 1-866-PADINFO (866.723.4636).


About the P.A.D. Coalition

The Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Coalition is an alliance of leading health organizations, vascular health professional societies, and government agencies united to raise public and health professional awareness about lower extremity P.A.D. Established in 2004, the P.A.D. Coalition is coordinated by the Vascular Disease Foundation (, a national, not-for-profit section 501(c)(3) organization.  The P.A.D. Coalition seeks to improve the prevention, early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of people with, or at risk for, P.A.D. 


About Cordis Endovascular
Cordis Endovascular, a division of Cordis Corporation, is a recognized leader in endovascular research and development and is committed to serving the cardiology, radiology and vascular surgery communities through the development of groundbreaking technologies for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. It constantly seeks solutions to the human anatomy's most challenging problems, such as carotid artery disease, superficial femoral artery disease, venous thrombotic disease, lower extremity disease and aortic aneurysm.


About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis is the world’s third largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global pharmaceutical and related health care products company whose mission is to extend and enhance human life.

Members of the P.A.D. Coalition

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners · American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation · American Academy of Physician Assistants · American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation · American Association of Critical Care Nurses · American College of Cardiology · American College of Clinical Pharmacy · American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine · American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons · American College of Physicians · American Diabetes Association · American Geriatrics Society · American Heart Association · American Medical Women’s Association · American Osteopathic Association · American Podiatric Medical Association · American Radiological Nurses Association · American Society of Hematology · American Vascular Association · American Venous Forum · Association for the Advancement of Wound Care · Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers · Canadian Cardiovascular Society · Canadian Chapter of the Society for Vascular Nursing · Canadian Society of Vascular Surgery · Centers for Disease Control and Prevention · Indian Health Service · Men’s Health Network · National Council on the Aging · National Gerontological Nursing Organization · National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute · National Hispanic Council on Aging · National Lipid Association · National Medical Association · Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society · Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association · Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery · Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology · Society for Vascular Nursing · Society for Vascular Surgery · Society for Vascular Ultrasound · Society for Women’s Health Research · Society of General Internal Medicine · Society of Interventional Radiology · Spirit of Women · National Women's Health Resource Center · Vascular Disease Foundation

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