The above link is a radio interview with Dr. Mike Hagley, of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, discussing the treatment of patients affected by Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
Dr. Hagley has been associated with Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) for 14 years, since 2001. He is a nationally known Cardiologist and Chief of Staff at HRMC.
It goes without saying that he is a foremost national expert on the treatment of patients affected by Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) which will be the topic for his November 9 speech to the Great Bend Rotary Club.
Eight million Americans suffer from PAD. One out of every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes may have PAD. Among adults age 65 and older, 12 to 20 percent may suffer from PAD.
Four common predictors of PAD are: Diabetes, Smoking, High Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure.
So, what is PAD?
PAD is a medial condition where deposits, called calcium or plaque, build up over time on the inside walls of the arteries in your legs. This build up causes the arteries to narrow, reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.
Leg pain is not necessarily the result of the aging process. It could be the onset of PAD. Leg pain that occurs during walking and discontinues when you stop, may be PAD.
Approximately 160,000 Americans undergo foot or leg amputation annually. It is suggested that all individuals facing this issue going forward would be wise to schedule a vascular diagnostic evaluation to determine if blood flow could be restored through a number of new and Federal Drug Administration approved procedures.
With early detection, a change in lifestyle may solve the issue.
If PAD has advanced, Dr. Hagley may suggest procedures that he is utilizing at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center to treat PAD patients.
Dr. Hagley will be accompanied on his November 9 travels by Ken Johnson, Interim President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.