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Peripheral Arterial Disease —
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 12 noon (EST)

Heather Gornik, MD

  • Staff physician
  • Cleveland Clinic Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

More than 8 million Americans suffer from peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. Just as a heart attack is caused by a blocked artery in the heart, PAD is the same kind of blockage – only it takes place in the arm, leg or other part of the body. PAD is a leading cause for amputation, and puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke and death. It can build up over a lifetime, and the symptoms may not become obvious until later in life. Fully half of all people with PAD do not show any symptoms. Take advantage of this opportunity and chat live with Heather Gornik, MD, a Cleveland Clinic staff physician who will provide answers to your questions about PAD.

Heather Gornik, MD, is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sections of Clinical Cardiology and Vascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory. Dr. Gornik, who is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and has been certified in vascular disease by the American Board of Vascular Medicine, is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.

A graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency as well as fellowship in cardiology and vascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Gornik specializes in general cardiology, vascular medicine, and claudication and peripheral arterial disease.

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