Peripheral Vascular Intervention
Vascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, yet is generally asymptomatic until a catastrophic event occurs, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture1. Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition of the extremities that affects 12 million people2. It is a progressive disease that could lead to serious cardiovascular events, Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) or death.
Many individuals with PAD, about 20%-50%, will exhibit no symptoms. A classic symptom of PAD, claudication, is seen in about 10%-35% of patients. Others may have atypical or unusual symptoms3,4.
There are treatment options available for Peripheral Artery Disease. It is important to identify patients at-risk for PAD who should be screened, as early identification and treatment are essential to the effective management of PAD.
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4. Norgren, L., Hiatt, W.R., Dormandy, J.A., Nehler, M.R., Harris, K.A., Fowkes, F.G., et al. (2007). Inter-society consensus for the management of peripheral arterial disease (TASC II). Journal of Vascular Surgery, 45, (Suppl S): S5-67.