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Supervised Exercise Markedly Improves Walking Ability in Patients with Leg Artery Blockages

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American Heart Association Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Report - Abstract: 18642 - EMBARGOED UNTIL 8AM ET

November 16, 2011

Study Highlights:Supervised exercise, when added to home walking and treatment with cilostazol, significantly improved walking ability among patients with blocked blood vessels to the legs (peripheral artery disease),This approach was more effective for increasing leg function and quality of life than adding stent placement...

American Heart Association Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Report - Abstract: 18642 - EMBARGOED UNTIL 8AM ET

November 16, 2011

Study Highlights:Supervised exercise, when added to home walking and...

Antiplatelet Drugs

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Antiplatelet Drugs: Summary of RecommendationsDownload

Antiplatelet drugs are used to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes and to treat people who have artery blockages in their legs. They work by reducing the formation of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

These medications are widely used, primarily because aspirin is one of them. Your doctor might also refer to them as "blood thinning" drugs. Technically, they don�t actually thin the blood; instead, they...

Peripheral Artery Bypass Surgery

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What is peripheral artery bypass surgery?

Peripheral artery bypass surgery is a procedure to treat PAD and restore blood flow to the legs by redirecting blood around the blocked or narrowed artery.

Peripheral artery bypass surgery is similar to coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), a treatment for disease in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. During the surgery, a healthy vein from another part of your body (usually the saphenous vein that runs from your thigh to your ankle)...

Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting

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Angioplasty and Stent Placement What are Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting?

Angioplasty with or without vascular stenting is a minimally invasive procedure performed to improve blood flow in the body's arteries and veins.

In an angioplasty procedure, imaging techniques are used to guide a balloon-tipped catheter, a long, thin plastic tube, into an artery or vein and...

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Peripheral Artery Disease in the Legs

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What is PAD?

Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, is a general term that refers to artery disease anywhere outside of your heart, including the arteries that supply blood to your legs, arms, brain, kidneys, and other organs. This section focuses on disease in the arteries of the legs, the most common kind of PAD. Click here for links to information on other types of peripheral artery disease.

PAD reduces blood flow to the legs (sometimes referred to as "poor circulation"), and may cause pain...