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Peripheral arterial disease: Recognition and medical management

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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.


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