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 […]

Heart disease, stroke death rates vary widely depending on where you live

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The good news is that the death rate from heart disease and stroke in the United States declined 50 percent over the last 35 years, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bad news is that there are […]

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 […]

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 […]