Fast Five Quiz: Refresh Your Knowledge of Key Aspects of Peripheral Artery Disease

Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI


July 05, 2018

Recommendations by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) for management of asymptomatic PAD include:

  • Multidisciplinary comprehensive smoking cessation interventions are recommended for patients with asymptomatic PAD who use tobacco (repeatedly, until tobacco use has stopped; grade 1 recommendation; evidence level A)

  • Provision of education about the signs and symptoms of PAD progression to asymptomatic patients with PAD is recommended (grade 1 recommendation; evidence ungraded)

  • Invasive treatments for PAD are not recommended in the absence of symptoms, regardless of hemodynamic measures or imaging findings demonstrating PAD (grade 1 recommendation; evidence level B)

According to SVS guidelines, warfarin should not be used solely to reduce the risk for adverse cardiovascular events or vascular occlusions in patients with intermittent claudication (IC) due to atherosclerosis. Folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements should not be used to treat IC.

For more on treatment of PAD, read here.


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