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Peripheral arterial disease is a condition that affects one in three diabetic patients over 50. It is a precursor to the development of heart disease, stroke, death or limb amputation. Peripheral arterial disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death by 5 to 6 times. The main cause of death of diabetics is cardiovascular disease. Many diabetics with PAD don't have any symptoms and about a third suffer from leg muscle fatigue even when covering short distances. Severe cases can cause foot or toe pain, sores and ulcers. Other symptoms that may occur in the lower body are decreased or absent pulse in lower body, bruits, cool feet, pale feet, blue feet, refractory wounds and necrosis of the foot or leg. PAD can be diagnosed using the ankle-brachial index where the ratio of systolic blood pressure levels in arms and ankles is determined.
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About: Peripheral artery disease affects one third of diabetics over 50
Date: 27 November 2004
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