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 Saturday, August 29, 2015


ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease
(Lower Extremity, Renal Mesenteric, and Abdominal Aortic)
Practice guideline recommendations jointly formulated by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) and endorsed by collaborating organizations specializing in and dedicated to the treatment of patients with vascular disease have been formulated to improve the quality of patient care and outcome. To facilitate easy downloading by specialists, we have selectively posted sections of the recommendations; however, it is important that when citing the guidelines, the full-text document of record, available at , be referenced.

A Call to Action: Women and Peripheral Artery Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association Lower extremity atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease (PAD) has a very high prevalence in most nations and in the United States. Lower extremity PAD is now known to be associated with equal morbidity and mortality and comparable (or higher) health economic costs as coronary heart disease (CHD) and ischemic stroke. Yet where surveyed, the public and clinicians (as well as health payers and government agencies) do not yet fully recognize the risks associated with PAD. For decades, clinicians did not recognize the impact of coronary disease in women. As such, women were not informed of their CHD risk. For any common disease, whether infectious, oncological, or traumatic, when more than half of the population at risk is not aware of this risk, and when this risk is not managed, preventable morbid and mortal events are inevitable.

A Profile of Older Americans: Developed by the Administration on Aging (AoA) US Department of Health and Human Services provides an excellent demographic update of the older population, which numbered 37.9 million in 2007.  Of those, 9.7 % or about 3.6 million elderly persons were below the poverty level in 2007. 52% of older people reported sensory, physical or mental disability. It is important that we continue to be informed of the issues facing the older American.

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. Us Department of Health and Human Services has issued this 49 page pamphlet in 2008.  Highlights include messages from the Secretary of the US Department of Human Services and Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Contents include sections on DVT/PE as major public health problems, reducing the risk for DVT/PE, gaps in application and awareness of evidence-based interventions, the call to action, and much more.

New 2011 PAD Guidelines: The American College of Cardiology Foundation/ American Heart Association Task Force recently released: > 2011 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guideline for the Management of Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

Measurement and Interpretation of the Ankle-Brachial Index: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association: This document provides a comprehensive review of the relevant literature on the measurement of the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) and intended to standardize the measurement and interpretation of the ABI.