An Interview with Phylicia Rashad
Gary Barg: What should people know about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Phylicia Rashad: That the people who are at
greatest risk for developing PAD are those with diabetes who are over 50
years old, who have hypertension, high cholesterol, people who are heavy
smokers, people over 70; people with a history of heart attack or a
stroke in their family.
Gary Barg: How has PAD affected your family?
Phylicia Rashad: When I did hear about PAD, I thought
about my father immediately, because my father had diabetes and he died
of a heart attack. Then I continued to read about PAD and I remember the
moment that I read about one of the common symptoms, cramping in the
legs. My dad used to complain about that. His legs would cramp and we
thought it was because he had been practicing dentistry for almost 35
years, standing up the whole time because he refused to sit down. You
could attribute it to that. Oftentimes when people have discomfort in
their legs, it is attributed to being tired, or they think, “I have been
standing too long” or “I am getting older,” not considering that there
could be a cardiovascular problem at the root of this