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Lee Kirksey, MD  
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Cleveland , OH

Specialties: Peripheral Arterial Disease, PAD

Interests: vascular, specialist, treatment options
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Disease Prevention

Apr 10, 2008 - 1 comments
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Peripheral Vascular Disease and Cardiovascular Disease affects over 12 million people in the US and the most concerning aspect of that high number is that most people are not diagnosed early. Our ability to successfully manage the process is significantly improved when the conditions are diagnosed early. Early identification is improved when the public is informed about the risk factors and symptoms of the disease. Most of the risk factors can be immediately traced to our lifestyle,diet and nutrition:

Diabetes
Hypertension
High Cholesterol
Smoking

Additionally a family history of premature cardiovascular disease in the absence of these risk factors increases ones risk significantly.

The process is sometimes referred to as the silent killer because it lies quiet as it evolves until one experiences stroke, heart attack or "poor circulation"

The PAD Coalition has a mission of improving the public's awareness of this process see www.beatpad.org.  To accomplish this will require a great deal of education and communication from the medical community.


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by charliebee, Feb 03, 2009
About PAD....if a thrombosis in the lower leg is suspected, is conintuous wave doppler ultrasound (with probe behind the knee of a bent leg while patient is lying down) sufficient in ruling out compromised flow? Should images be included as well?   Charlotte

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