Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a very common manifestation of atherosclerosis and is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Despite the magnitude of the problem, PAD is often under-recognized in clinical practice until its limb manifestations are severe or heart attack or stroke supervene. The PAD Awareness, Risk and Treatment: New Resources for Survival (PARTNERS) program, recently completed in the USA, had five aims: (1) creation of a method for detection of PAD in primary care practice; (2) assessment of the awareness of the PAD diagnosis in both patients and physicians; (3) assessment of the magnitude of the atherosclerotic risk factor burden and intensity of treatment of atherosclerotic risk factors in PAD patients; (4) assessment of the disease-specific and general quality of life of PAD patients in their communities; and (5) provision of an educational intervention to foster improved community-prescribed medical interventions for patients with PAD. Lack of public and physician interest in PAD contrasts with the high prevalence and poor medical prognosis of PAD. The intention of PARTNERS was to create a community-based program to measure current rates of PAD awareness, physician recognition and treatment intensity. Data obtained will form the basis of future clinical investigations to improve clinical care for PAD patients in the USA.
- PARTNERS program
- Peripheral arterial disease