Peripheral vascular disease. Diagnosing and treating the 3 most common peripheral vasculopathies.

Journal Article (Review)

A common sign of generalized atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs as a result of arterial narrowing or obstruction that restricts blood flow to distal tissues. Prevalence of PVD ranges from 3% in patients age > 55, to 11% in patients age > 65, to 20% in those age 75 and older. Cerebrovascular/carotid disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease are the most common peripheral vasculopathies seen by primary care physicians. All require aggressive medical management to prevent potentially serious complications and may require referral to vascular surgeons for evaluation. Prevention remains the best therapy.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dillavou, E; Kahn, MB

Published Date

  • February 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 37 - 43

PubMed ID

  • 12596496

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1936-5764

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2308-3417

Language

  • eng