Drugs

, Volume 63, Issue 7, pp 637–647

Pharmacological Treatment of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

  • Chin K. Kim
  • Carsten M. Schmalfuss
  • Richard S. Schofield
  • David S. Sheps
Therapy In Practice

DOI: 10.2165/00003495-200363070-00002

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Kim, C.K., Schmalfuss, C.M., Schofield, R.S. et al. Drugs (2003) 63: 637. doi:10.2165/00003495-200363070-00002
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Abstract

Atherosclerosis is a disease process that affects the coronary, cerebral and peripheral arterial circulation. While great emphasis has been placed on the aggressive pharmacological management of coronary artery disease, less attention has been paid to the pharmacological management of peripheral vascular disease, despite its significant morbidity and mortality. The purpose of medical management in peripheral arterial disease is to relieve symptoms of claudication and to prevent thrombotic vascular events. These goals are best achieved through aggressive risk factor modification and pharmacotherapy. Risk factor modification includes smoking cessation, adequate control of blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as aggressive glycaemic control in patients with diabetes mellitus. Antiplatelet therapy and relief of claudication is also achieved through pharmacotherapy. With aggressive risk factor modification and adequate pharmacotherapy, patients with peripheral arterial disease can have an improved quality of life as well as prolonged survival.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chin K. Kim
    • 1
  • Carsten M. Schmalfuss
    • 1
  • Richard S. Schofield
    • 1
  • David S. Sheps
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiology Section, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical ServiceMalcom Randall VA Medical CenterGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA