Heart Diseases New Guidelines For Detection And Treatment Of Arterial
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Heart Diseases New Guidelines For Detection And Treatment Of Arterial Disease



The American College of​ Cardiology and​ the​ American Heart Association launched different guidelines related to​ peripheral arterial disease in​ order to​ help doctors and​ all healthcare professionals to​ treat in​ a​ better way this common condition. According to​ statistics, more than 12 million people suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in​ the​ United States.

PAD is​ a​ really serious illness, since it​ can cause amputation of​ the​ extremities, rupture of​ an​ aortic aneurysm, severe hypertension, kidney failure, but also heart attack, stroke, and​ cardiovascular death.

It is​ a​ disease in​ which arteries supply blood to​ the​ arteries outside the​ heart, to​ parts such as​ legs, feet, kidneys, and​ intestines. This arterial disease can cause damages to​ physical health of​ people, by diminishing for​ instance their ability to​ walk.

According to​ experts, the​ new guidelines supply a​ succinct diagnostic and​ treatment guidebook for​ patients suffering from PAD and​ for​ physicians, doctors' assistants, nurse practitioners, and​ nurses who are now offering care to​ treat them.

“A key source of​ the​ power of​ these recommendations is​ that they are so broad-based in​ their origin from every vascular specialty, as​ they attempt to​ reach a​ broad-based audience of​ clinicians. Everyone can use these Guidelines and​ a​ large segment of​ the​ public can benefit from them,” said Alan T. Hirsch, chairman of​ the​ writing committee.

Some highlights of​ the​ guidelines include recommended questions and​ observations that can uncover hidden signs of​ peripheral arterial disease; recommendations on when an​ aneurysm should be treated with surgery or​ catheter-based therapy, as​ well as​ when “watchful waiting” is​ the​ best way; among other things.




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