Patient Partner Profile: Steve

Steve is the Chief Marketing Officer for a Commercial Credit Education company. He is a dedicated Oregon Ducks football fan, tennis player and proud new grandfather. Steve is passionate about spreading the word about the importance of walking for patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

He was diagnosed with the disease ten years ago when he started having pain in his lower calf that hindered his walking ability. When he was diagnosed with a totally blocked main artery in his right leg and partially blocked artery in his left leg his doctor recommended bypass surgery. Steve went for a second opinion and the vascular surgeon said ‘I really can’t improve your quality of life with surgery. What you need to do is start walking.’ Steve started walking regularly and the blood flow in his legs improved enough that he was able to avoid surgery. He continues to walk daily, sticks to a regular workout routine and gets in a game of doubles tennis a few times a week. In addition to serving as a Patient Partner, he is a member of the VC Advisory Board.

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