• 25 AUG 23
    PAD Awareness Month

    PAD Awareness Month

    September is National Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month.

    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when a person has reduced blood flow in their arms or legs. PAD is a common condition and is often caused by the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries.

    The Advanced Heart and Vascular Center of New Mexico and Artesia General Hospital have partnered to help prevent PAD with free community screenings.

    Join us on Thursday, September 21, in the Green Chile Café from 9am to 12pm.

    If you have any symptoms or risk factors of PAD, stop by our event to get screened and speak to a physician. Don’t wait, get screened!

    Amanda Ryan, DO Cardiology

    Jennifer Tupper, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC Cardiology

    Anna Florez, FNP-C at Artesia General Hospital

    Anna Florez, FNP-C Cardiology

    PAD Facts

    • Impacts approximately 8 to 10 million Americans
    • Causes about 150,000 nontraumatic amputations every year
    • Linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke
    • PAD is preventable and treatable!

    What to Look For

    Risk Factors

    • Diabetes
    • Smoking cigarettes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Obesity
    • History of heart disease or stroke
    • Family history of PAD
    • 60 years or older

    • Aching, cramping or pain in your arm, legs or buttock when walking
    • Coolness or numbness in legs
    • Discoloration of skin
    • Shiny, thin skin on legs
    • Hair loss on legs
    • Slow growing toenails
    • Swelling in legs
    • Wounds, ulcers that don’t heal

    Learn more about peripheral artery disease from the American Heart Association.

    Cardiology services at Artesia General Hospital are offered through our partnership with the Advanced Heart and Vascular Center of New Mexico.