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National Minority Quality Forum Creates Advanced, Precision Tracking Tool to Address Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease
Date:9/15/2009

Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition Joins Forum to Help Reduce Burden of Disease and Associated Costs on Individuals and Healthcare System

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), one of the nation's leading voices in the health disparities discussion, is launching the P.A.D. Atlas, a database that maps by zip code peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) prevalence down to the street level, with the P.A.D. Coalition and support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership. The P.A.D. Atlas (www.mappad.org) will be demonstrated during a launch event at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 15th. September is P.A.D. Awareness Month.

"Through timely detection and treatment of P.A.D., we can prevent heart attacks, strokes and even death. By using the P.A.D. Atlas, we can more effectively target educational and advocacy efforts to improve the quality of care and save lives," said Gwen Twillman, P.A.D. Coalition's Executive Director.

Approximately 9 million Americans suffer from P.A.D -- a type of cardiovascular disease that primarily affects individuals over 50 years of age. Minorities are disproportionately affected as well. Having P.A.D doubles the risk of a heart attack or stroke. In fact, the P.A.D. Atlas shows that sixty-seven percent of individuals who have had a stroke live in the 8,615 zip codes identified to have a high prevalence of P.A.D. Undiagnosed and untreated P.A.D. also has a dramatic economic impact on the healthcare system. The cities with the most diagnosed cases of P.A.D. are Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Houston and Los Angeles.

P.A.D. results when arteries in the legs become narrowed, hardened, or clogged with plaque. Common symp
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