New PAD Guidelines Emphasize Medications, Supervised Exercise

Updated guidelines for the management of patients with peripheral artery disease also call for greater awareness of this underdiagnosed condition.

New guidelines for the treatment of individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD) focus on the use of statins to control cholesterol and antiplatelet medications, such as aspirin or clopidogrel (Plavix), to help prevent bloodclots. The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology were last updated in 2011. New recommendations to the guidelines include avoiding secondhand smoke and getting an annual flushot.
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