by Kim Smolderen
Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, affects 8.5 million Americans. Having PAD can cause pain in the legs while walking, and it is associated with a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Data from the American Heart Association shows that inner-city neighborhoods are especially at risk of getting a late diagnosis of PAD. And if PAD goes untreated, it can lead to amputation.
That’s why we’re taking action.
With the help of a funding award from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, our team will be working to engage the residents of Kansas City, and specifically, the Paseo Gateway neighborhood. We want to get your input about how we can best raise awareness about PAD and educate the community about cardiovascular health.
Join us at our first community event:
Town Hall Meeting on Cardiovascular Health
Thursday, Dec. 5 **new date!
Mattie Rhodes Center Northeast Office
148 N. Topping Ave., Kansas City, MO 64123
Dinner and refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Christine Fuss by email.
We will discuss a community art project that will serve as a visual expression of the importance of vascular health, and we’ll share information about PAD symptoms, how to get tested, and the different ways of managing this condition.
Learn more about our community outreach program.
Hope to see you there!