There are some statistics for PAD patients who have diabetes: 15% of diabetics experience foot ulcers, 40 to 50% of non-traumatic amputations are of diabetic patients, and 42% of these will lose their other leg in 1-3 years. Dr. Bernie Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Medical Group, says the care of patients with diabetes should start from the foot on up.
Dr. Bernie Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Medical Group, says the goal of treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease is to increase a pain-free walking distance. "We want to get the patient to walk in a way that he or she experiences longer and longer distance of pain-free intervals." He explains that can be accomplished by a risk factor modification, which means controlling the cholesterol, diabetes, and cessation of smoking.
Dr. Bernie Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Medical Group, explains Peripheral Arterial Disease is a very common condition that requires medical attention, because it can prevent death, stroke, morbidity, and mortality. "It is simply atherosclerosis, like you would have in a coronary artery, but it is in the lower limbs and the legs of the patients."