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V-Aware: The Impact of Patient Centric Vascular Awareness & Education Initiatives
Chetna Prasad2, Manish Mehta1, Philip Paty1, Alan Dietzek3, Krishna Martinez-Singh2, Dan Wilson2, Navdeep Rai2, Robert Zhang2
1Vascular Health Partners, Queensbury, NY, 2Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 3Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT

Objectives: Patients often have limited understanding of vascular risk factors, vascular health, and the various specialties that manage vascular disease. To better understand these gaps in patient awareness and education, we conducted a survey-based study among patients that have been diagnosed with vascular disease.
Methods: A detailed vascular questionnaire designed to evaluate patient’s views on vascular health (PAD, Aneurysms, Stroke, Venous insufficiency) and vascular specialties (Vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, cardiac surgery, and primary care) was used anonymously to survey 300 consecutive patients with a vascular diagnosis (44% Aneurysm, 56% PAD). Patient vascular education initiative (VEI) included a consultation, education of their risk factors, and treatment strategies as deemed appropriate by their vascular surgeons. The surveys were compiled to better understand the impact of vascular education on patient’s awareness of vascular disease and change in behavior.
Results: Patient VEI had a substantial impact on patient’s understanding of vascular disease and its risk factors (pre-VEI 20%, post-VEI 89%, p<0.001), and specialty they considered best suited to manage their vascular health (Vascular surgery: Pre-VEI 26%, post-VEI 88%, p<0.001). Attributes most important to patients when choosing a vascular specialist included: specialist’s ability to communicate with the patient and their primary care physician (98%), reputation (94%), experience (95%), ability to perform endovascular procedures (92%), and the ability to be seen promptly (88%). Furthermore, 80% stated VEI changed their behavior towards personal vascular health, and 63% would share their experiences to help educate the public.
Conclusions: Appropriately designed patient centric vascular awareness campaigns can have a significant impact on empowering patients to better understand their vascular health, vascular surgery specialty, and modify their behavior towards vascular care.


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