Screening for lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) in primary care.

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The National Guideline Clearinghouse has published a guideline for Primary Care Physicians regarding screening for PAD.

The potential benefits of following these guidelines are:

Improved screening and identification of patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Improved diagnosis and referral for management and treatment of lower extremity PAD
Improved quality of life for patients with lower extremity PAD:
Decrease of ischemic pain symptoms
Prevention and/or improved management of co-morbidities associated with peripheral artery disease: hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity, cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, stroke

The entire guideline can be found at http://guideline.gov/content.aspx?f=rss&id=34049