October 15th, 2012

New Tactics To Treat Artery Disease That Harms Legs

By Kelley Luckstein

Doctors are seeking better ways to help patients suffering from artery blockages that obstruct blood flow to the legs—an area of treatment that has been lacking despite well-established methods for preventing and treating the same disease when it occurs in the heart…"Most patients with peripheral artery disease can be managed conservatively," said Verghese Mathew, a cardiologist who treats both heart and PAD patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Still, except for patients with a severe form of the disease, there is little consensus among doctors about whether to treat symptomatic patients aggressively with balloons and other devices or to rely first on medication and exercise programs, said Dr. Mathew, who wasn't involved with the NIH study.

 

Wall Street Journal by Ron Winslow

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Verghese Mathew, Mayo Clinic Rochester, PAD, peripheral artery disease, Wall Street Journal

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