Resources for Professionals

PAD PRAIRIE Initiative

Promoting Healthy Aging and Mobility in Rural Minnesota (PRAIRIE)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is now known to be associated with equal morbidity and mortality and comparable (or higher) health economic costs as coronary heart disease (CHD) and ischemic stroke. Yet where surveyed, the public and clinicians (as well as health payers and government agencies) do not yet fully recognize the risks associated with PAD.

What is the PAD PRAIRIE Initiative?

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is partnering with rural Minnesota communities to offer resources aimed at enhancing the independent functioning and quality of life of older adults with PAD.

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Promote community awareness of PAD
  • Facilitate screening and diagnosis of PAD
  • Provide supervised exercise therapy for individuals with PAD

Current Guidelines

Management of Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease
American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines

A Call to Action: Women and Peripheral Artery Disease
American Heart Association

Measurement and Interpretation of the Ankle-Brachial Index
American Heart Association

2010 Performance Measures for Adults With Peripheral Artery Disease


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