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International Angiology 2004 March;23(1):5-13

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Mandate for creation of a national peripheral arterial disease public awareness program: an opportunity to improve cardiovascular health

Hirsch A. T. 1, Gloviczki P. 2, Drooz A. 3, Lovell M. 4, Creager M. A. 5 for the Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation

1 Division of Epidemiology, Uni­ver­sity of Min­ne­so­ta School of Public Health and Vascular Mediane Program, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Min­ne­ap­o­lis, MN, USA
2 Divi­sion of Vas­cu­lar Sur­gery, Gonda Vas­cu­lar Cen­ter, Mayo Clin­ic, Roch­es­ter, MN, USA
3 Fair­fax Radio­log­i­cal Con­sul­tants, Fair­fax, VA, USA
4 Depart­mernt of Vas­cu­lar Sur­gery, Lon­don ­Health Sci­enc­es Cen­tre, Lon­don, ON, Can­a­da
5 Har­vard Med­i­cal ­School, Brig­ham and ­Women’s Hos­pi­tal, Bos­ton, MA, USA


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There has been increas­ing rec­og­ni­tion of the det­ri­men­tal ­effect of periph­er­al arte­ri­al dis­ease (PAD) on the ­health of Amer­i­cans, and yet there is no com­mon nation­al pro­gram of pub­lic PAD edu­ca­tion ­designed to dimin­ish this ­effect.
To height­en aware­ness of this prob­lem, a 2-day PAD Pub­lic Edu­ca­tion Strat­e­gy Meet­ing was recent­ly attend­ed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 17 pro­fes­sion­al soci­eties and pub­lic ­health asso­ci­a­tions whose mis­sions sup­port the pre­ven­tion, diag­no­sis, treat­ment, and reha­bil­i­ta­tion of vas­cu­lar dis­eas­es. This Pub­lic Edu­ca­tion Strat­e­gy Meet­ing was intend­ed to pro­vide the ratio­nale and struc­ture to ­create a nation­al PAD pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign to dimin­ish the ­health ­effect of PAD and to ­improve car­di­o­vas­cu­lar out­comes in the Unit­ed ­States. This doc­u­ment 1) pro­vides the ratio­nale for crea­tion of a nation­al PAD pub­lic edu­ca­tion pro­gram, 2) ­reviews the devel­op­ment and suc­cess of nation­al hyper­ten­sion, hyper­cho­les­ter­o­le­mia, and ­Women’s Heart ­Health pub­lic edu­ca­tion pro­grams as mod­els of edu­ca­tion­al effi­ca­cy, 3) elu­ci­dates how the work of many vas­cu­lar pro­fes­sion­als has led to a nation­al con­sen­sus for crea­tion of a nation­al PAD pub­lic edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram, 4) pro­vides an over­view of the Nation­al Heart, Lung, and Blood Insti­tute PAD edu­ca­tion meet­ing and 5) out­lines the next steps ­required to accom­plish these goals. This meet­ing ­achieved con­sen­sus that we share respon­sibil­ity for devel­op­ing accu­rate, uni­fied mes­sag­es to pro­mote PAD aware­ness and ­improved care. Par­tic­i­pants ­agreed that the crea­tion of such mes­sag­es ­should be ­linked to plans to dis­sem­i­nate them to all Amer­i­cans at risk. A con­sen­sus was ­reached that such mes­sag­es, when com­mon­ly creat­ed and ­offered to the pub­lic, are most like­ly to ­achieve the ­rewards in bet­ter ­health that all Amer­i­cans ­deserve. The Vas­cu­lar Dis­ease Foun­da­tion, a not-for-prof­it foun­da­tion whose mis­sion ­includes pub­lic edu­ca­tion about the pre­ven­tion, diag­no­sis, treat­ment, and reha­bil­i­ta­tion of PAD, will ­devote its resourc­es to guide a new coali­tion in this pro­cess and to ­create a nation­al PAD aware­ness cam­paign. Dur­ing 2003 and 2004, the coali­tion will ­create the organ­iza­tion­al under­pin­nings and time line for what will undoubt­ed­ly be a mul­ti­year ­effort. Par­tic­i­pants of the Pub­lic Edu­ca­tion Strat­e­gy Meet­ing ­agreed to ­create a broad coali­tion to devel­op a Nation­al PAD Pub­lic Aware­ness Pro­gram, with the objec­tives to devel­op and dis­sem­i­nate pub­lic edu­ca­tion mes­sag­es on PAD. A suc­cess­ful nation­al PAD edu­ca­tion pro­gram will con­trib­ute to crea­tion of a broad­er man­date to ­improve glo­bal car­di­o­vas­cu­lar ­health in the Unit­ed ­States.

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