Underutilization of medical management of peripheral artery disease among patients with claudication undergoing lower extremity bypass

Presented at the Forty-sixth Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Manalapan, Fla, January 19-22, 2022.
      Objective: First-line treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) involves medical therapy and lifestyle modification. Multiple professional organizations such as the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology make Class I recommendations for medical management including antiplatelet, statin, antihypertensive, and cilostazol medications, as well as lifestyle therapy including exercise and smoking cessation. Although evidence supports up-front medical and lifestyle management prior to surgical intervention, it is unclear how well this occurs in contemporary clinical practice. It is also unclear whether variability in first-line treatment prior to revascularization is associated with postoperative outcomes. This study examined the proportion of patients with claudication actively receiving evidence-based therapy prior to surgery in a statewide surgical registry.
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