August 2006, Volume 2 Number 4 , p 38 - 46
CHOJNOWSKI, DONNA CRNP, MSN
Clinical Manager/Nurse Practitioner, Heart Failure/Transplant/Adult Congenital Programs, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pa. The author has disclosed that she has no significantrelationship with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.
EVERY DAY, you probably care for patients who suffer from some type of circulatory problem. Among these disorders is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is usually caused by obstruction or occlusion of the peripheral arterial blood vessels.
PAD can be classified as organic or functional . In this article, I'm going to focus on the organic form because it's more common.
Organic disease is caused by structural changes in the blood vessels and is more of a long-term problem. Buildup of plaques or inflammation that blocks arterial blood flow to the arms, legs, and feet is the classic example of organic PAD. ...