Clotcast: Season 2 Episode 4

Lifestyle and PAD

Drs. Lee Kirksey, Diane Treat-Jacobson, and Amy Pollak talk about practical changes you and your family can make to help prevent or manage PAD (peripheral artery disease). The discussion includes “real-world” barriers to initiating lifestyle changes, accessing equitable care, and implementing healthcare recommendations.

Moderator: Lee Kirksey MD, MBA
Special Guests: Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD and Amy Pollak, MD

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Dr. Lee Kirksey is a board-certified vascular surgeon. He joined the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart, Vascular, and Thoracic Institute at The Cleveland Clinic in 2011. Dr. Kirksey holds the Walter W. Buckley Endowed Vice Chairman position and is the Chief Equity and Community Engagement Officer at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kirksey’s clinical areas of interest include minimally invasive and hybrid approaches to complex vascular disease. His research areas include the investigation of solutions that address healthcare disparities in underserved and minority groups and the delivery of value-based population healthcare. He is co-author of the book Your Guide to Optimal Health, which, contrary to his clinical practice as a surgeon, details an evidence-based prescription for a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. He resides in Solon, Ohio with his wife Seema, and two sons Shyar and Nikash. 

Dr. Diane Treat-Jacobson is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She is committed to promoting awareness, timely identification, and improved treatment for those suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD). She has led several studies evaluating the impact of exercise training on physiologic and functional outcomes in patients with claudication and critical limb ischemia.

Dr. Treat-Jacobson was Chair and lead author of the AHA Scientific Statement on optimal exercise programs for patients with PAD. Dr. Treat-Jacobson is a past president of the Society for Vascular Nursing and is a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine. She previously served on the Leadership Committee of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Council of the AHA.

Dr. Amy West Pollak practices cardiovascular medicine at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus, where she is the Chair of the Division of Cardiac Subspecialities and co-directs the Women’s Heart Clinic. Her research interests include women’s heart disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and preventive cardiology.

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