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Prevalence and outcomes of undiagnosed peripheral arterial disease among high risk patients in Australia: an Australian REACH Sub-Study

Si, S, Golledge, J, Norman, P, Nelson, M ORCID: 0000-0001-9941-7161, Chew, D, Ademi, Z, Bhatt, DL, Steg, GP and Reid, CM 2018 , 'Prevalence and outcomes of undiagnosed peripheral arterial disease among high risk patients in Australia: an Australian REACH Sub-Study' , Heart Lung and Circulation , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.04.292.

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Abstract

Background: Compared with other manifestations of cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is under-diagnosed. This study aims to investigate the prevalence, risk profile and cardiovascular outcomes of undiagnosed PAD in Australian general practices.Method: A sub-study of the Australian Reduction of Atherothrombosis for Continued Health (REACH) Registry, a prospective cohort study of patients at high risk of atherothrombosis recruited from Australian general practices. Eligible patients for this study had no previous clinical diagnosis of PAD and had an ankle-brachial index (ABI) ≤1.4 at recruitment.Results: Peripheral arterial disease was undiagnosed in 34% Australian REACH participants, 28% patients had low ABI (ABIConclusions: This study suggests a high rate of undiagnosed PAD among high risk patients in Australian primary health care. These patients are at high risk of events and therefore would potentially benefit from better secondary prevention measures.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Si, S and Golledge, J and Norman, P and Nelson, M and Chew, D and Ademi, Z and Bhatt, DL and Steg, GP and Reid, CM
Keywords: ankle-brachial index, Australian primary health care, intermittent claudication, peripheral arterial disease
Journal or Publication Title: Heart Lung and Circulation
Publisher: Elsevier Australia
ISSN: 1443-9506
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.04.292
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Copyright 2018 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

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