Check for PAD in patients with risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, CAD

The CADI Research Foundation reports that the incidence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) is considerably lower in Indians than in European populations.(http://www.cadiresearch.org/?page_id=284) Despite this disparity, however, it is important for Indian physicians to be aware of PAD and its risk factors.

Dr. Azizul Haque is consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at the B M Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata. In an exclusive interview with mdCurrent-India, he notes that “Physicians should be alert for the possibility of PAD in patients with risk factors; and should specifically ask for the symptoms of PAD in patients with risk factors.” In particular, he stresses the role of tobacco: “Tobacco in any form [not only smoking] may be related to PAD. This is particularly relevant for Indians, as tobacco is used in various forms by Indians.”


"The study emphasizes that it is important for the clinician to remember to check for associated vascular disease in any patient presenting with CAD. In the Indian context, the high incidence of diabetes mellitus and smoking would make it particularly important to check for PAD as a part of routine clinical examination."
Dr. Thomas Alexander, MD, FACC, FCSI, is Consultant Cardiologist at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital and a member of mdCurrent-India’s Editorial Advisory Board


A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports on the associations between conventional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors and the risk of ...

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