PAD and risks for Women

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Welcome to Public Health Moment from the University of Minnesota. Women with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than those without it ? yet it’s often unrecognized and untreated, especially in women. That’s according to the American Heart Association. PAD is a circulatory disease that, left untreated, can increase heart attack and stroke risk. University of Minnesota cardiologist, Dr. Alan Hirsch, says relatively few women are aware of PAD. Hirsch: “Currently, the burden of peripheral artery disease is as high or higher for women than men. Less than one in four women with or at risk of PAD are aware of it. And the risk of heart attack and stroke is as high as it would be if someone had already suffered a heart attack.”> Hirsch provides advice for women and for providers. <Hirsch: “The first call to action is to assure that women at risk – in general women over the age of 50 or with heart disease risk factors – are tested for PAD. “One other call to action is to primary care clinicians and to women’s heart-health programs is to recognize that the risk to women is not only the direct cardiac risk but the risk of PAD. This is a message to practice holistically and to recognize that arterial disease – whether in the brain, heart, or legs – is more or less equal.”> For Public Health Moment, I’m Mark Engebretson.



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Engebretson, Mark; Alan Hirsch. (2012). PAD and risks for Women. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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