Jennifer F. Wilson
Wilson JF. Peripheral Arterial Disease. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:ITC3-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-146-5-200703060-01003
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(5):ITC3-1.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute estimates that about 5% of U.S. adults older than 50 years of age and about 12% to 20% of adults older than 65 years have lower extremity atherosclerosis, commonly known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Despite the high prevalence, many patients and clinicians do not immediately consider PAD as a potential cause of leg pain in older people. The disease occurs equally in men and postmenopausal women, but men are more likely to have symptoms. Once recognized, modification of risk factors and therapeutic interventions can reduce PAD progression and improve symptoms and functional status. Some argue that even asymptomatic PAD warrants aggressive treatment to reduce cardiovascular risk factors because PAD can be a harbinger of other cardiovascular problems.
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Cardiology, Nephrology, Hypertension, Coronary Risk Factors, Prevention/Screening.
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