Two articles in the Society of Interventional Radiology's flagship publication, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, report on studies related to peripheral arterial disease or PADcoinciding with the approach of September's National PAD Awareness Month. In one study, researchers determined that Framingham Risk Score metrics (historically the gold standard in predicting 10-year cardiovascular risk) alone may not be enough to definitively say whether an individual may face a future cardiovascular event. The second study examined the success of a treatment option for what could be a serious complication of PAD. For more than a decade SIR has sponsored Legs For Life, a national screening program designed to detect peripheral arterial disease early, when lifestyle changes and medication could improve symptoms and possibly circumvent serious consequences.
"As these studies show, early detection and intervention is crucial to a good outcome. An integrated program like Legs For Life assists communities with early detection and management of peripheral arterial disease," explained Sanjay Misra, M.D., FSIR, chair of SIR's PAD Service Line.
"The Society of Interventional Radiology's Legs For Life national screening program wants to make individuals aware of the existence of undetected health problems, help identify whether they have PAD and encourage them to seek follow-up with their primary care doctor and an interventional radiologist," said the interventional radiologist at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation for Medical Education and Research in Rochester, Minn. "The publicas well as the medical communityneed to understand the importance of the diagnosis of PAD in terms of symptoms and, more importantly, in how a diagnosis of PAD brings added risk of heart attack, stroke and death," he explained.
An estimated 10 million people suffer from PADa common yet serious disease that is an indicator for heart attack (the leading c
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