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By nick
December 06, 2010
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What is PAD?
PAD stands for Peripheral Arterial Disease. PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits called plaque build up. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called atherosclerosis. This results in a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet. This is commonly referred to as poor circulation.

PAD occurs most often in the arteries in the legs, but it can also affect other arteries that carry blood outside the heart. This includes arteries that go to the aorta, the brain, the arms, the kidneys, and the stomach. When arteries inside the heart are hardened or narrowed, it is called coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease.

People with PAD have a two-to-six times' greater chance of death from a heart attack or stroke. PAD and diabetes are the leading causes of foot or leg amputations in the United States. PAD can be treated with lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgical procedures if necessary. Since people with PAD are at high risk for heart attacks and stroke, they must take charge of controlling their risk factors related to cardiovascular disease.

About Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a highly prevalent disease characterized by blockages in the arteries of the lower extremities. Individuals with PAD face a markedly increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The build-up of plaque is usually the result of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries-the same condition that leads to heart artery blockages and heart attack. PAD affects 8 to 12 million Americans, and one in every five people over the age of 70 has the disease.

Key Risk Factors:

- Advanced age
- Smoking
- Diabetes
- High blood cholesterol
- Hypertension

Early detection of PAD can offer an opportunity to treat risk factors that can slow the progression of the disease and decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke.

Less than half of individuals with PAD know they have the disease and its corresponding
increased risk of death. Use of accurate and safe diagnostic tests for PAD, such as the inexpensive, noninvasive ankle-brachial index examination (ABI) can identify patients with and at risk for PAD. Many individuals with PAD do not experience typical leg symptoms such as cramping, pain, or fatigue known as claudication. Only one-quarter of PAD
sufferers are receiving treatment. Of the 2.5 million diagnosed cases, 2.1 million are medically managed.
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Do you have the above stated "risk factors"? Then call 248-922-6000 to schedule an ABI/Doppler. And ABI/Doppler

By nick
December 06, 2010
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The staff of "Town Center Foot and Ankle" recently made a cameo appearance on the highly successful show "Dancing With the Stars". As you all well know, a professional dancer is paired with a celebrity and the pair does a dance. Because nobody on the TCFA staff is of celebrity status, you might wonder how we got the gig?


To answer your question, Dr. Wilusz studied with Mikhail Baryshnikov as a child and made several appearances on many variety shows in the early 1980s. He retired in 1990 to pursue his dream of becoming a foot and ankle Doctor to help his fellow dancers stay healthy. As well as Dr. Wilusz, Ginger also has a past history of "cutting a rug" as seen backup dancing along-side Jennifer Lopez in a few Janet Jackson videos. Retiring before the birth of her first of three sons Tyler, Ginger now teaches square dancing at the local Eagles Club on Saturday afternoons.


Between Dr. Wilusz and Ginger's past excellence in the field, the two were able to choreograph a routine and teach it to Kelly, Nick and Tyler. Click HERE for your viewing pleasure!

We hope you enjoy!



By nick
December 06, 2010
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An important announcement was recently made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Starting immediately, the FDA has requested Darvocet, Darvon and the generic "propoxyphne" are removed from the United States marketplace. The reason for this removal is clinical data has shown that the drug puts patient's at increased risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.


Please if you or a loved one is currently taking this medication, STOP IMMEDIATELY and contact your physician for alternative pain medication.