Date: 3/6/2013

Annual Heart Symposium focuses on PAD and Treatment Options

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is the topic of discussion at this year’s free Community Healthcare System Cardiovascular Research symposium. 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.” The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wed., March 13, 2013 at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

PAD affects eight to twelve 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, is one of the area’s most experienced physicians in interventional procedures for treating PAD and 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. He has been on staff at Community Hospital since 1983, was a past medical staff president and former co-director of the hospital’s Cardiac Cath Lab. Dr. Makam has taken a special interest in PAD and has participated as a guest panelist for several national meetings and has published case studies involving new procedures.

On staff in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department of Community Hospital for the past 22 years, Sarah Colias, R.N. will discuss how diet and exercise play a role in prevention as well as management of PAD. As a member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, she has addressed numerous area heart groups about risk and prevention. She also 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.

The Heart Health symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research program of Community Healthcare System, is free of charge. Registration is necessary and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.