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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 […]

Eyes hold clues to dangerous circulation condition in leg vessels

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Changes to the eye’s tiny blood vessels could predict a higher risk for a dangerous circulation condition in the legs that, in turn, can lead to amputation, heart attack or stroke, according to a new study released Wednesday.

Researchers studied 9,390 adult participants […]

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 […]

Restoring leg blood flow may stop scarring in muscles of PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Restoring leg blood flow in people with peripheral artery disease may stop scarring in their muscles, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

PAD causes pain and fatigue while walking […]

New research looks at women’s cardiovascular health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New research released Tuesday looked at women’s cardiovascular health and are highlighted in the annual women’s issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The issue focuses on research promoting the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women – the No. 1 killer […]