The authors agree that Peripheral artery disease (PAD) merits increased attention not only to prevent and mitigate PAD morbidity and mortality, but also (1) to more accurately gauge risk of coronary artery and cerebrovascular disease permitting aggressive use of preventive treatments, guided by risk of disease, in accordance with the existing paradigm; and (2) to retard the indirect contribution by PAD in advancing other conditions that afflict the elderly--and that ambulation helps to prevent--such as depression, cognitive decline, osteoporosis, and possibly cancer.
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