Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) for Professionals

A leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and limb amputation in the U.S.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) contributes to increased risk for myocardial infarction and stroke. In its' most severe form, PAD can lead to chronic critical limb-threatening ischemia and unthinkably undergoing amputation. Clinicians must embrace evidence-based guideline recommendations so patients in their practice with or at risk for having PAD are no longer undertreated.


Despite the significant health burden of PAD, under diagnosis and undertreatment can lead to major adverse cardiovascular and limb events. This series aims to address this along with highlighting key points from the 2016 guidelines for the management of PAD and identifying significant disparities which increase PAD risk and the need for appropriate community-based intervention. 

Watch PAD Webinars

Diagnosing and Managing Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Group shot of five diverse healthcare providersLive Webinar Date: August 25, 2022

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT

Advance your clinical knowledge and refine assessment skills as experts in PAD provide guidance on obtaining a detailed history and what to look for during the physical exam to prioritize diagnostic testing strategy. Hear a patient’s personal experience getting diagnosed with PAD to highlight areas for shared decision making to manage risk factors and minimize long term morbidity.

Equity and Peripheral Artery Disease: How Do We Change the Tide

Group of Professional Doctors and Health Care

Improved awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) symptoms, risk factors and complications are imperative to avoid missed diagnosis and underused treatment for PAD. Join this live webinar and learn the important racial, gender, socioeconomic, and geographical disparities in PAD. Help your patients understand the risk factors, signs and symptoms and treatments for PAD.



Lifestyle recommendations for PAD patients may improve symptoms and outcomes. Listen and learn the latest recommendations and guideline-based implementation strategies in daily clinical practice to ensure individuals with PAD are appropriately referred to recommended types of exercise therapy with follow-up on disease progression.

Listen to Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Podcasts

Improving PAD Lifestyle Changes in your Patients: Balancing Mind and Body

Presenters: Kim Smolderen, PhD, FAHA, FACC; Carlos Mena-Hurtado, MD; Steve Hamburger

The American Heart Association recommends four important lifestyle changes to discuss with your patients: following a heart-healthy diet, avoiding tobacco smoke/smoking, staying active and achieving a healthy weight. In this podcast, learn how to help your patients navigate lifestyle changes to improve health and decrease the progression of PAD. Listen Now!

PAD Teams: It's Better Together!

Presenters: Gregg Piazza, MD, MS; Srini Tummala, MD; Frank Dent

The management of peripheral artery disease (PAD) requires clinical expertise among a healthcare team having variety of specialized skill sets. In this podcast, a multi-specialty panel discusses how patient outcomes are optimized using a team-based approach. Learn about incorporating the right team members as you care for the growing number of patients living with PAD. Listen Now!

Understanding PAD: One Step at a Time

Presenters: Gregg Piazza, MD, MS; Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS; Cheryl Wilson

In this AHA PAD initiative podcast, we will provide an overview of the epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis, and management of PAD using a patient’s experience to illustrate critical points in the clinical journey. Clinical pearls for differentiating different etiologies for common presentations of PAD such as limb discomfort and ulceration will be emphasized. The importance of a team-based approach to diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up will also be highlighted.

The PAD National Action Plan is funded in part by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC and Novo Nordisk Inc.