Payne, Jr. Promotes PAD Awareness during Honorary Month

Sep 10, 2019 Issues: Health Care

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Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. Promotes PAD Awareness during Honorary Month

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued a resolution today to promote more education and awareness activities about Peripheral Artery Disease (or PAD) to support September as PAD Awareness Month.

The disease is a life-threatening, chronic circulatory condition.  It causes blood vessels that lead from the heart to the limbs to narrow and slows or blocks blood flow.  If left untreated, it can kill the tissues in the leg muscles and lead to an amputation of the arms or legs. 

Congressman Payne, Jr. has been a strong supporter of PAD awareness during his time in Congress.  He started the first Congressional PAD caucus in the House with his colleague, Gus Bilirakis from Florida, and offered the resolution to encourage other members of Congress to learn more about it. 

“It is a personal battle for me as an African American who suffers from diabetes,” said Congressman Payne, Jr.  “The disease is three times more likely to affect African Americans and diabetes is one of the high-risk factors.”

Far too little is known about an illness, which affects almost 20 million Americans, and could lead to 3.6 million Americans suffering an unnecessary limb amputation in the next 30 years, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. 
Congressman Payne, Jr. said the more people that knew about the disease and treatment, the more people could avoid the tragedy of losing a limb. 

“Amputation is one of the most physically and emotionally-damaging injuries a person can experience, especially if it is unnecessary.  I want to educate Congress and all Americans about how to prevent PAD and support legislation to improve PAD research and treatment.  We need to focus more attention and resources to a problem with a clear solution and save sufferers and families an unnecessary trauma.”   
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