SIR’s Legs For Life® is a public education/community wellness program that screens individuals who may be at risk for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and helps them take the next step in resolving the pain they are experiencing. PAD screenings at participating Legs For Life sites may be offered at no charge as a community service. The program's mission is to improve the cardiovascular health of people in our communities.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects an estimated 8 to 10 million people in the United States. Individuals with PAD are at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and loss of limbs, yet awareness among the general public and primary care physicians regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this disease is extremely low.
The primary goals of the Legs For Life® program are to educate the public, to educate primary care physicians and the medical community, to identify patients at risk and to strengthen collaborative relationships among health care professionals who treat this condition.
Legs For Life was founded by the Society of Interventional Radiology in 1997, piloted in 1998 and launched nationally in 1999. Collaborating organizations included the American Diabetes Association, American Radiological Nurses Association (ARNA), the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention of the American Heart Association and the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN).