Rita: Two and a half years ago I started feeling pain in my right calf.
Andrew: I started to experience discomfort with my leg.
Mike: I could walk about one block and my legs would start cramping.
Rita: I couldn't do anything that I used to be able to do.
Mike: The pain was so bad I couldn't walk any further. I had to sit down and rest.
Rita: I was finally diagnosed with P.A.D., which I was totally unfamiliar with, had no idea really what it was.
Mike: I didn't know what P.A.D. was.
Narrator: So what is P.A.D., and if you've never heard of it should you be concerned? P.A.D. stands for peripheral arterial disease and it affects about 1 out of 20 Americans over the age of 50. P.A.D. means clogged arteries in the legs and, just like clogged arteries in the heart, having P.A.D. can put you at higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke. What also concerns people is the impact P.A.D. has on their lives.
Rita: I felt like I had gone from a person who had a lot of energy, a lot of friends, a lot of activities, into the pit of being an old person who was no longer going to be able to walk.
Andrew: My legs would be complaining bitterly that I was abusing them you might say.
Mike: I couldn't afford to be without a job, and if the cramping got so bad I couldn't do work performance then I would lose my job and there wouldn't be any income and you sure can't live like that.