Symptoms, quality of life important to guide treatment for peripheral artery disease PAD



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For the approximately 8.5 million people in the U.S. living with peripheral artery disease or P.A.D which is narrowed or clogged arteries in the legs, treatment decisions and criteria for success should be led by their symptoms and self-reported quality of life, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the journal Circulation.

The statement, “Advancing peripheral artery disease quality of care and outcomes through patient-reported health status assessment,” highlights how managing PAD based on a person’s experience of symptoms can lead to more patient-centered care and outcomes, with a focus on high-value care, compared to relying on clinical measures like the speed of blood flow to the legs or artery diameter.

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