Peripheral artery disease: An overview

Mary M. McDermott*

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Lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) now affects approximately 200 million men and women worldwide and 8 million people in the United States. The prevalence of PAD increases with older age. PAD will be increasingly common as the population lives longer with chronic disease. Although the most classic symptom of PAD is intermittent claudication, most people with PAD do not have classic intermittent claudication, and many people with PAD report no exertional leg symptoms, in part because people with PAD have restricted their activity to avoid leg symptoms. For these reasons, PAD is frequently underdiagnosed. The therapeutic approach to PAD consists of medical therapies to prevent cardiovascular events and exercise interventions to improve walking ability and prevent mobility loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVessel Based Imaging Techniques
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030252496
ISBN (Print)9783030252489
StatePublished - Oct 10 2019


  • Ankle brachial index
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Peripheral artery disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions


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