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Peripheral Arterial Disease Conference Presented by the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center

Houston, TX - 11/12/2003

The Methodist DeBakey Heart Center is presenting a peripheral arterial disease (PAD) summit for physicians on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003. This half-day summit will focus on new concepts and therapies for PAD, a disease that affects approximately 10 million people in the United States, or close to 5 percent of people over 50.     

PAD is a disease in which fatty deposits build up in arteries and limit circulation to the legs. People with PAD have a higher risk of death from stroke and heart attack, due to the risk of blood clots.  

Since the majority of PAD conditions have a common cause, atherosclerosis, it is important to recognize both the epidemiological and management issues related to the growing body of related disorders.  

The Methodist DeBakey Heart Center symposium presents information on the most current diagnostic and treatment options available to physicians managing PAD in addition to the latest non-invasive vascular imaging procedures. New insights into issues surrounding carotid stenting versus endarterectomy will also be discussed.  

Dr. Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., program director, will present on management of peripheral vascular disease, comparing interventional and surgical procedures. Dr. Lumsden is currently associate editor of Vascular Surgery and principal investigator for numerous national clinical trials.   

Ryan C. Neal, M.D., co-director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at The Methodist Hospital and medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center will discuss the epidemiology and medical management of PAD.  

Thomas D. Hedrick, M.D., medical director and deputy chief of radiology at The Methodist Hospital will present on non-invasive vascular imaging, and Kevin A. Lisman, M.D., interventional cardiologist at The Methodist Hospital will discuss renal artery stenting.    

There is no fee for this symposium, but registration is required. Limited on-site registration may be available. Participants can register online at www.debakeyheartcenter.com/PADsymposium.htmor call (713) DEBAKEY.