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Collaboration is Key When Treating PAD

Collaboration is Key When Treating PAD

In the United States, only about 25% of the general population is aware of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a strikingly low percentage considering that the disease impacts an estimated 8 to 12 million Americans. Studies show that many cases of PAD go undiagnosed each year, reflecting that management of the disease remains suboptimal. Increasing physician awareness and adherence to guideline recommendations could potentially reduce the high rate of mortality and morbidity seen with PAD. Primary care physicians (PCPs) play an extremely critical role in the early diagnosis of PAD, often serving as the first point of contact for patients suffering from its symptoms. Unfortunately, time is at a premium for these general practitioners; they face increasing patient demands and greater time constraints, making it challenging for them to always give enough attention to holistic health issues. Simple PAD warning signs (eg, leg cramping or pain) are frequently attributed to other common, more benign, factors. Complicating matters is that about half of people with PAD do not show any major symptoms at all. As such, the partnership between PCPs and vascular surgeons is essential to making a swift diagnosis and developing an effective treatment plan. We owe it to each other and our patients to educate and collaborate as we care for PAD patients. Making a Concerted Effort My colleagues and I are committed to this partnership. Our vascular surgeons work closely with the PCPs throughout our network to identify PAD risk factors and symptoms as early as possible so that we can collaboratively determine the best course of treatment. To enhance this partnership, we’ve enabled real-time communication between providers...
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