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Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment


Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Theresa Brennan
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
National Institute on Aging
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This product is part of the GeriaFlix series at the University of Iowa. GeriaFlix are multidisciplinary presentations on topics in clinical geriatrics. Presented in a streaming digital video format with synchronized slides, each presentation lasts approximately 1 hour.

In this lecture, Dr. Brennan will discuss peripheral arterial disease (PAD), including the identification of patients at risk for PAD and the interpretation of its symptoms, exam results, and noninvasive testing. She will also discuss the subject of revascularization for PAD, and some prospects in the area of stroke prevention.

GeriaFlix presentations are available online, both to accredited medical education institutions for use with students, residents, and fellows. For more information about the GeriaFlix series, go to GeriaFlix are also available to practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners for CME or CEU credit. To receive continuing education credit, you must register for the Geriatric Lecture Series. For more information, go to

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This product is part of a series of digitized lectures devoted to topics in clinical geriatrics designed to teach important principles in the management of older persons. By using this lecture series, learners will be able to improve their overall knowledge about managing common geriatric syndromes; understand the unique health care needs of older patients, differences in the management of common clinical conditions, and how physiologic changes associated with aging impact management; develop a working knowledge of important legal and ethical issues associated with end-of-life care; and understand and apply principles of the multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment.

The learning objectives of this particular digitized presentation are to:

  1. Identify patients at risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
  2. Identify symptoms, exam findings, and noninvasive testing for PAD.
  3. Identify when to consider revascularization for PAD.
  4. Understand the prognostic implications of PAD.
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Theresa Brennan. Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: