Supporting Los Angeles Communities with Greater Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)-Related Amputation
One serious type of cardiovascular disease that often goes underdiagnosed and underrated is peripheral artery disease (PAD), which, if left untreated, can lead to serious events, including heart attack, stroke, and acute limb ischemia and is a leading cause of amputations in the U.S. This common condition causes blood vessels to narrow, thereby reducing blood flow to the limbs, most often the legs. In Los Angeles, ZIP codes that have a Black population of more than 50% see a high amputation rate.
To help increase awareness of PAD, as well as empower and support Angelenos who may be at risk of the disease, Save Legs. Change Lives.™ will educate about PAD and offer free screenings in Los Angeles.
There will be free screening events on November 11th and 12th. Please see below for all locations and times.
Saturday, November 11, 2023 - The Los Angeles Walk to Save Black Men's Lives
Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Obama Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST, Sunday, November 12, 2023 - Angelica Lutheran Church
1345 South Burlington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
· Antoine Keller, MD, FACC, FACS, UCLA graduate and cardiologist* (in-person interviews available)
· Christopher Yuen, PharmD, Associate Director, Cardiovascular & Metabolism Health Equity, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
· PAD Patient Advocate, who has had a personal journey with PAD*
About Save Legs. Change Lives.
Save Legs. Change Lives. Spot Peripheral Artery Disease Now is a multi-year initiative aimed at creating urgency and action to help address the hidden threat of PAD-related amputation, particularly among Black Americans, who are up to four times more likely than other Americans to have a PAD-related amputation. Disproportionate rates of PAD-related amputation are a result of Black Americans being twice as likely to have PAD, with less access to quality vascular care and greater risk for delays in care.
How Save Legs. Change Lives.™ is creating a more equitable future:
1. Empowering Individuals and Communities to Change the Trajectory of Their Health
2. Collaborating with Partners to Break Down Barriers to Equitable Care
3. Driving Research that Uncovers Systemic Bias and Patient Needs to Propel Change
This initiative is a part of Johnson & Johnson's broader enterprise-wide commitment to help eradicate racial and social injustice as a public health threat. Johnson & Johnson is working to change the culture of healthcare so that the color of one's skin does not determine the access to care, quality of care or health outcomes.