Published in: Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease: Medical, Surgical and Interventional Aspects / Edited by Mark Creager (London: ReMedica Publishing Ltd., 2000), p. 1-18

by Beatrice A. Golomb, Michael H. Criqui, Warner Bundens

Peripheal Arterial Disease (PAD) serves as a strong but under-recognized independent predictor of cardiovascular disease risk, or, alternatively conceptualized, as a predictor of the combined impact of unmeasured risk factors and ongoing disease processes. Since cardiovascular disease risk assessment is increasingly invoked to guide the fervor of cardiovascular disease preventive treatment efforts, and PAD powerfully contributes to risk, the presence and severity of PAD should be assessed and incorporated in cardiovascular disease risk analysis. Clearly, this requires increased education of physicians regarding the potent prognostic implications of PAD.

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