"Making The Impossible, Possible"

    Heart Disease | PAD Patient Conference

    FEBRUARY 19, 2022

    8am PT | 10am CT | 11am ET | 4pm GMT



    What You Will Learn

    • How leg health can indicate risk for heart attack

    • The connection between Peripheral Artery Disease and Heart Disease

    • The role of diabetes in leg and heart health

    • How veins can be an early indicator of overall vascular health

    • Tests to discuss with your physician and questions to ask

    • Who treats Peripheral Artery Disease - This may surprise you!

    • How walking can improve leg and heart health

    • Interventional & Surgical Treatment Options

    • How a doctor restores blood flow using wires, balloons, roto-rooters, and stents - WATCH LIVE!

    • Lessons from fellow patients that could help save life & limb

    See the full conference agenda below!

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    Opening Keynote: PAD and CAD | PAD Warrior and Nurse Practitioner Kay's Story

    Nurse Practitioner Kay Smith shares her story of perseverance with PAD and CAD. Through her story you will understand the importance of talking to your doctor about getting tested soonest for both Peripheral Artery Disease and Coronary Artery Disease. She has thrived despite a heart attacked, failed leg angiogram, and being marked palliative by the physician who couldn't get through blockages in her iliac arteries and aorta. She shares how she found the strength to persevere and you can, too!

    Keynote Fireside Chat: Advocating for Patient-centric Care

    Dr. Alex Vesey, Scotland

    Mr. Alex Vesey wouldn't settle for palliative care when it came to Nurse Practitioner Kay Smith. He is one of less than a handful of advanced endovascular specialists in Scotland. He and his team are opening the first hybrid lab in Scotland this winter to expand vascular care with a patient-centric team. He will discuss the evolution of vascular care through his career and the importance of finding a physician who is always learning new cutting-edge techniques to reduce the number of no-option patients.

    Getting to the Heart of PAD and CAD

    The importance of advanced bloodwork to determine your heart healthy diet!

    Michael Dansinger, MD

    Director, Tufts Diabetes Reversal Program

    Medical Director/Vice President of Clinical Affairs, Boston Heart Diagnostics

    P.A.D and C.A.D. | What you need to know

    The strong association between the two and critical tests you need to reduce the chance

    of heart attack, stroke, and amputation

    Dr. Raj Dave

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Cardiovascular Experts

    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

    Three in five heart attack sufferers have P.A.D. but most don't know it until it's too late. Early testing is key to survival. Dr. Raj Dave will discuss the basics of C.A.D. and P.A.D., the association between the two, and critical tests to discuss with your doctor that will let you know if you are at risk of heart attack, stroke, and amputation. Dr. Dave will also discuss the advances in the treatment of C.A.D. through intervention and critical questions to ask your doctor to determine if (s)he is on the cutting-edge of innovation.

    Early Warning Signs of Vascular Issues | What Your Veins Tell You!

    While it's important to know interventional and surgical treatment options are available for advanced stages of P.A.D., early diagnosis can help reduce your chance of ever needing it because pharmaceuticals and lifestyle options suffice for most patients. Dr. Ali Golshan and Dr. Raj Khalsa will discuss the early warning signs of vascular issues, superficial and deep venous disease, and how to talk to your doctor about them.

    Who Treats P.A.D.?

    When you are diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease, you might be referred to one of three practices trained in treating it: Vascular Surgeon, Interventional Cardiologist, and Interventional Radiologist. Physicians from each practice will discuss their background, the benefits and limitations of their training in how it relates to P.A.D.

    Dr. Wande Pratt

    Vascular Surgeon

    Dr. Stephen Leschak

    Interventional Radiologist





    Interventional Cardiologist

    Hybrid Approaches to Treating P.A.D. | Combining Practices

    Mehrzad Zarghouni

    Vascular and Interventional Radiologist

    Dr. Zarghouni treats most of his patients with P.A.D.-related artery narrowing and blockages using minimally invasive, endovascular techniques at his office-based lab. For more complex cases, he teams up with a Vascular Surgeon at a nearby hospital for hybrid approaches. He'll talk about the basics of the angiogram for endovascular procedures and when he uses minimally invasive techniques combined with invasive approaches in partnership with a vascular surgeon to effectively restore blood flow.

    Advances in Endovascular and Surgical Approaches to Treating P.A.D.

    Physicians have different tools and techniques that can vary based on practice, training, facility, and more. So, it's important for patients to understand available treatment options and the benefits/limitations of each to make an informed decision on care. Dr. Anahita Dua and Dr. Zola N'Dandu will discuss not only frontline treatment options including medicine and walking, as well as advanced endovascular and surgical options

    Dr. Anahita Dua

    Vascular Surgeon

    Dr. Zola N'Dandu

    Interventional Cardiologist

    Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

    Interventional Radiologist

    First-Ever LIVE Case DIRECT to Patients

    Watch Dr. Yazan Khatib perform an angiogram on a patient with narrowed leg arteries - in real-time. Dr. Khatib and a panel of esteemed vascular specialists will explain each step in the process of restoring blood flow while demonstrating new tools and techniques more physicians are adopting to save life and limb. Patients will have the chance to ask questions along the way.

    This is an opportunity patients have never had before now so don't miss it!


    10am PT | 1pm ET

    Dr. Yazan Khatib

    Interventional Cardiologist


    Dr. Zola N'Dandu

    Interventional Cardiologist


    P.A.D. Warrior


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Force

    Dr. Anahita Dua

    Vascular Surgeon


    P.A.D. Warrior


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Warrior Task Force 

    Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

    Interventional Radiologist

    Nurse Practitioner Kay Smith

    P.A.D. Warrior


    P.A.D. Warrior Task Force

    P.A.D. Warriors Tell All

    This is a not-to-miss session where patients with P.A.D. share the reality of living with and being treated for P.A.D. Speakers for this session are still TBD. Take a look at last year's P.A.D. Warriors Tell All event:

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