Heart health symposium focuses on PAD and treatment options

2013-03-10T00:00:00Z Heart health symposium focuses on PAD and treatment optionsBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
March 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Peripheral Arterial Disease is the topic of this year’s free Community Healthcare System Cardiovascular Research Symposium from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road.

Registration is necessary and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at (219) 836-3477 or (866) 836-3477.

Featured speakers Prakash Makam, M.D. and Sarah Colias, R.N. will address vascular health and PAD in their presentation, “Putting the Spring Back into Your Step.”

PAD affects 8 to 12 million Americans. When left untreated, it can have startling consequences including amputation and death.

PAD is a progressive narrowing of the arteries in the leg that can cause pain while walking, fatigue and poor circulation in the legs and feet. This condition can lead to ulcers on the legs and feet that will not heal, and, in some cases, amputation or death.

Cardiologist Prakash Makam, M.D., on staff at Community Hospital, helps patients destined for amputation seek alternatives. He will discuss PAD, the risk factors associated with this disease, detection and treatment options.

Dr. Makam serves as medical director of the Cardiovascular Research program of Community Healthcare System, and is a principal investigator for many cardiovascular research trials at Community Hospital.

On staff at Community Hospital for 22 years, Sarah Colias, R.N. will discuss how diet and exercise play a role in prevention as well as management of PAD.

She has served for the past 15 years as hospital liaison to the Munster chapter of Mended Hearts, a national organization. Specially trained volunteers with their own heart disease story offer support, education, information and advocacy to cardiac patients in the hospital.

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