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Date:11/4/2007

e age 70 and older, Sumner said. But there also was an increase in the prevalence in each adult age group, including 40 to 49, 50 to 69 and greater than 70 years. The authors said prevalence of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and smoking also increased over these three surveys.

PAD is affecting more people in the United States and will continue to do so because the prevalence of this problem increases as we get older, and we have an aging population, Sumner said. And this increase is associated with an increase in common cardiac risk factors.

Consumers should be aware that while they might not have symptoms, they could have PAD and should discuss risk factors and the possibility of screening with their doctors, Sumner said.

Doctors, on the other hand, should note that PAD prevalence is rising and that many of the accompanying risk factors, such as hypertension, can be treated.

Doctors need to be looking for PAD in asymptomatic patients, he said. And we need to more aggressively address the risk factors associated with this increase in prevalence.

The next step, from a public health perspective, is to reassess the protocols and systems that exist for evaluating PAD in asymptomatic people, he said.


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Contact: Karen Astle
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American Heart Association
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