Peripheral arterial disease in general and diabetic population

Rabia, K. and Khoo, Ee Ming (2007) Peripheral arterial disease in general and diabetic population. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 62 (2). pp. 182-185. ISSN 0300-5283, DOI

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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is stenosis or occlusion of peripheral arterial vessels by atherosclerotic plaque. It may present as intermittent claudication, rest pain and impotence. PAD of the lower limbs is the third most important site of atherosclerotic disease after coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease. Increasing age, family history, smoking, hypertension, dyslipidemia and more decisively diabetes are significant risk factors. PAD is a clinical condition that has often been neglected, underdiagnosed, undertreated and has a serious outcome. It may lead to nonhealing wounds, gangrene and amputation of the lower limbs. Hence, early identification of patients at risk of PAD and timely referral to the vascular surgeon in severe cases is crucial.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peripheral arterial disease, Intermittent claudication, Atherosclerotic plaque, Ischaemia, cerebrovascular disease
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 01:32
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 04:45

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