Management of peripheral arterial disease

Lyn M Steffen, Daniel Duprez, Jackie L. Boucher, Abby G. Ershow, Alan T Hirsch

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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common atherosclerotic disease affecting the quality of life of> 8 million Americans. PAD is characterized by atherosclerotic stenoses of arteries that supply the lower extremities and is associated with a marked increase in the short-term risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation, and death. Adherence to pharmacological therapies and modification of lifestyle factors, including increasing moderate physical activity along with supervised exercise, smoking cessation, and a healthy dietary intake, are central to the successful management of PAD. The improvement of an adverse cardiovascular risk profile is a proven and crucial strategy to lower the risk of major morbid and mortal events for individuals with PAD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes Spectrum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008


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