Monday, September 21, 2009

Diabetes and P.A.D.

What is the link between Diabetes and P.A.D.?

People with diabetes are at higher risk for having P.A.D. Some studies have found that one out of three people with diabetes over age 50 has P.A.D., and P.A.D. is even more common in African Americans and Hispanics who have diabetes.

Having P.A.D. and diabetes can be a very serious problem. People who have both diseases are much more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who just have P.A.D., and they are more likely to die at a younger age.

Because many people with diabetes do not have feeling in their feet or legs due to nerve disease, they may have P.A.D. but cannot feel any symptoms. As a result, they do not know they have P.A.D., or they may have it for a long time before it is diagnosed. Further, when blood flow to your feet and legs is narrowed or blocked due to P.A.D., it takes longer for cuts or wounds to heal, which may increase the risk for amputation (or losing a foot or leg).

If you have diabetes, talk with your health care provider right away if you have any of these P.A.D. warning signs:

* Fatigue, tiredness or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks that always happens when you walk but that goes away when you rest.
* Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs your sleep.
* Skin sores or wounds on your feet or toes that are slow to heal.

Most people with P.A.D. do not have any symptoms. Guidelines released by leading vascular organizations recommend that people with diabetes over the age of 50 be tested for P.A.D. Testing is also recommended for people with diabetes under the age of 50 with other risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure or cholesterol problems. ~P.A.D. Coalition~

Encompass partners with Dialysis Clinics to secure complete diagnosis, care and treatment options for patients suffering from critical lower limb ischemia and foot wounds. The Encompass Network is a web base application that provides clinics with the tools for a thorough screening, systematic refereeing, and complete patient follow through from diagnosis to healing. Our user friendly system requires minimal staff time and the automated referring systems allow the attending physicians to review data and refer patient to a specialist based upon the patient assessment profile and easy “refer now” option. The assessment profile will keep the clinic informed with patient diagnosis, treatments and updates that go on outside of the clinic. You will see the results.

For questions, or to partner with Encompass Network Partners, contact:
Kelly Burleson, Director of Client Relations,

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