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Over 7 million Americans are known to have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). However, it is well established that many more live with the disease and are simply undiagnosed, often due to variations in presentation. Presence of PAD is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, but when caught in its early stages, progression can be slowed with simple conservative measures. Therefore, a more targeted screening program with in-office ankle-brachial index capability (sensitivity and specificity >90% for diagnosing PAD) could identify a debilitating disease much earlier in its course regardless of symptom presentation, and create an opportunity to significantly improve preventative health in the outpatient setting.
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Peripheral Arterial Disease, Ankle-Brachial Index, Vermont
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Robinson, William, "Improving Identification of Peripheral Arterial Disease In the Outpatient Setting" (2023). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 885.