Vascular Diseases – Peripheral/Aorta
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common yet vastly underdiagnosed condition that is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Because atherosclerosis is a systemic disease, the presence of PAD, whether symptomatic or not, is associated with a two- to fourfold increase in the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular death [1–3]. More timely diagnosis of PAD in the primary care setting has the potential not only to improve quality of life by helping to alleviate the lifestyle-impairing symptoms often associated with the disease, but also to identify individuals at high risk for cardiac and cerebrovascular events providing the opportunity to initiate effective life-saving therapies at an earlier stage .
KeywordsAbdominal Aortic Aneurysm Peripheral Arterial Disease Renal Artery Stenosis Critical Limb Ischemia Intermittent Claudication
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