Peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) is a chronic condition causing blockages in the arteries that feed the legs, depriving leg muscles of oxygen and often causing debilitating pain. People with the disease are at greater risk of heart attacks, strokes and amputations. The pain sensation gets worse with walking, which then limits patients’ ability and desire to be active. Approximately 20 percent of Americans over 70 have the disease.
“The P.A.D. Prairie Initiative is a program that is funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation,” according to Diane Treat Jacobsen, who is a lead researcher on effective interventions for the disease. “Our goal is to help people who have peripheral artery disease maintain their independence, live healthier, more functional lives,” she added. Jacobson and SCMC’s Dr. Lunzer are interviewed for the field report portion of the program.
For the in-studio discussion, MHA President Matt Anderson discusses the future of small town hospitals and the increasing competition they face from medical campuses in larger urban areas. SCMC’s Jason Breuer talks about about SCMC’s commitment to service as a community based catalyst for growth and economic development.
Hosted by Pioneer’s General Manager, Les Heen and produced by Laura Kay Prosser, this Compassepisode points the way forward for a positive future for health care in the rural Upper Midwest. For more information about the issue of peripheral artery disease and innovative rural health care, visit:
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