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J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2006 Sep-Oct;21(5 Suppl 1):S15-20.

Peripheral arterial disease in older adults: management of cardiovascular disease risk factors.

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School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0608, USA.


Patients with peripheral arterial disease experience significant functional limitations due to ischemic symptoms (claudication) and are at high risk for cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality resulting from untreated cardiovascular disease risk factors and aggressive atherosclerosis. Peripheral arterial disease is commonly undiagnosed and cardiovascular disease risk factors are frequently untreated in this population. The increased risk associated with peripheral arterial disease necessitates greater emphasis on detection and management, not only to improve survival but to improve functional capacity and quality of life. This article briefly describes the detection and medical management with emphasis on lifestyle modification for elders with peripheral arterial disease.

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