Scott Brannon Chief of Endovascular Surgery at Modern Vascular explains the importance of awareness and screening for peripheral arterial disease.
Peripheral arterial disease is a killer that is not well known to most people. The prevalence of peripheral artery disease is about 20 percent in people that are 60 or older and about 40 percent in patients that are 80 or older.
PAD is a disease that is very easy to screen for, it is also very easy to treat not just with surgery or intervention but with lifestyle changes. The consequences of peripheral arterial disease particularly in diabetics or older patients is a breakdown of the skin and development of diabetic foot ulcers.
The development of a diabetic foot ulcer breakdown of the skin which can lead very rapidly to infection. Infection of the bone can lead very rapidly to amputation and we know very well that the consequences of amputation are severe.
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