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March 2008, Volume 38 Number 3 - Supplement: Cardiac Insider , p 10 - 13


  • Angela DiSabatino, RN, MS
  • Jennifer Veasey, RN, BSN


PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (PAD) is a common condition affecting 8 to 10 million Americans, primarily those age 65 and older.1 It develops as a result of atherosclerosis. As many as 30% of patients with PAD may also have coronary artery disease (CAD), and 10% to 15% may have cerebrovascular disease, creating an increased risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, cardiovascular death, and renal failure. Patients with PAD have an all-cause mortality rate three times higher than that of the healthy population, and their cardiovascular mortality rate is six times higher.

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