Peripheral Artery Disease: What You Need to Know

Matthew K. Walsworth*, Rob De Bie, Stephen F. Figoni, Jessica B. O'Connell

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Abstract

SYNOPSIS: Claudication from peripheral artery disease (PAD) may mimic or coexist with musculoskeletal conditions and represents an important diagnostic consideration in patients over 50 years of age. Physical therapists are optimally positioned to recognize this condition by incorporating a vascular history and physical examination in appropriately selected patients. Recognition of PAD is important both from the standpoint of addressing the ischemic risk to the limb and because PAD is associated with high cerebrovascular and cardiovascular risk. Therefore, multidisciplinary management of patients with PAD is essential. Extensive evidence supports treatment of PAD-related claudication with supervised exercise, and physical therapists are well positioned to play an important role in this treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)957-964
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Volume47
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • claudication
  • differential diagnosis
  • limb ischemia
  • peripheral artery disease
  • supervised exercise
  • AMERICAN-HEART-ASSOCIATION
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • ANGIOGRAPHY-AND-INTERVENTIONS
  • GUIDELINES WRITING COMMITTEE
  • FOR-VASCULAR-SURGERY
  • ACC/AHA-TASK-FORCE
  • LOWER-EXTREMITY
  • INTERMITTENT CLAUDICATION
  • 6-MINUTE WALK
  • SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT

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