American Heart Association

Medicare to cover simpler, less costly treatment for peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Medicare will now cover supervised exercise therapy for a vascular condition that affects about 8.5 million Americans, according to a decision issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The long-awaited decision means other insurers will likely follow suit.

Medicare will cover the therapy for […]

More fruits, vegetables a day may keep blockages in legs away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day may help keep peripheral artery disease away.

In a new study on 3.7 million people, those who reported eating three or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had 18 percent lower odds of PAD […]

Stretching may reduce leg pain in peripheral artery disease patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS — Simple calf muscle stretching may reduce leg pain when walking and increase blood flow for people with peripheral artery disease, preliminary data suggest.

In a study presented Friday at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2017 Scientific Sessions, participants […]

Medicare takes step to cover exercise therapy for PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new Medicare proposal would cover supervised exercise therapy for patients with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, that is causing symptoms, according to a draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and the legs […]

PAD patients faced major limb problems, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients with peripheral artery disease and recent acute coronary syndrome have significantly increased risk of major adverse limb events at three years, according to new study.

Because few treatments are available specifically to prevent limb events, these results suggest future research should focus […]

Treatment guidelines: PAD patients should take statins, blood thinners

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — All people with peripheral artery disease in their legs should take statins and blood thinners to reduce their risk of dying from heart attacks and strokes, according to treatment guidelines published Sunday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Experts […]

Digestive byproduct may increase risk of death among PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Peripheral artery disease patients who had high blood levels of a digestive byproduct were significantly more likely to die during a five-year study released Wednesday.

The digestive byproduct — trimethylamine N-oxide — is produced by gut bacteria breaking down red meat, eggs and other meat products […]

New guidance to treat life-threatening infections of vascular grafts, stents

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The first guide to diagnose, treat and prevent infections of blood vessels, grafts and endovascular devices was issued Thursday by the American Heart Association.
Infections can occur after procedures to open clogged arteries or to place devices that prevent aneurysms from rupturing, said vascular surgeon John […]

Peripheral artery disease affects Larry Sadwin’s life, along with 8.5 million Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Larry Sadwin’s legs hurt whenever he exercises, a symptom of restricted blood vessels. But he’s finding a way to manage his condition.

Sadwin, a retired businessman and philanthropist from Warren, Rhode Island, is one of 8.5 million Americans with peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes a […]

PAD patients on statins may have lower amputation, death risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Peripheral artery disease patients who take statins have lower risks of amputation and death than those who don’t take the cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

And the […]