Peripheral arterial disease: Recognition and medical management
Amjad AlMahameed, MD, MPH
Director, Vascular Medicine Research, Associate Staff, Section of Vascular Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Address: Amjad AlMahameed, MD, MPH, Section of Vascular Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular medicine, S60, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail email@example.com
The author has indicated that he has received honoraria and consulting fees from the Sanofi-Aventis corporation.
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ABSTRACTPeripheral arterial disease (PAD) is common but has a variable presentation and is often unrecognized and undertreated. Patients with PAD have an increased risk of cardiovascular events and death. The ankle-brachial index is a quick, reliable diagnostic tool that also helps assess disease severity and prognosis. Treatment goals for PAD are to improve symptoms, enhance functional performance, prevent limb amputation, and reduce cardiovascular complications.