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Uploaded on Jul 14, 2009
The first issue in lower extremity arterial disease is its recognition. The presence of peripheral vascular disease can be suspected in patients with atherosclerosis of the cerebrovascular or coronary vessels, smokers, diabetics, or people with a family history of vascular disease. In this setting, particularly in male patients over the age of 65, screening for atherosclerosis can be done by measuring the blood pressure at the ankle and comparing it to the blood pressure in the arm.