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Update - Patients with PAD need regular exercise

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VOL: 102, ISSUE: 44, PAGE NO: 41

Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) require regular exercise to increase mobility and anti-platelet drugs to reduce potentially fatal complications according to new guidance from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN).

Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) require regular exercise to increase mobility and anti-platelet drugs to reduce potentially fatal complications according to new guidance from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN).

PAD is a chronic disease and many patients have reduced quality of life resulting from problems with mobility and pain. The guidance recommends that patients who present with PAD should have an examination of peripheral pulses, palpitation of their abdomen for an aortic aneurysm and their ankle brachial pressure index should be assessed.

See www.sign.ac.uk for details.

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