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New P.A.D. Guidelines Lower Recommended Age for ABI Screening

October 10, 2011

what to expect peripheral artery disease screeningOn October 3, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released updated guidelines intended to better manage peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

One of the more significant recommendations includes lowering the age at which ABI screenings for peripheral arterial disease should be performed as an effective strategy for diagnosing more at-risk people. Previously at 70 years of age and older, the new recommendation is now 65 years of age and older.

The reason for the new recommendations is explained by the ACCF/AHA in their October 3 press release, printed by Forbes, in which they talk about peripheral artery disease as an underdiagnosed disease that is one of the most common causes of preventable heart attack, stroke, leg amputations and death. The new guide, then, is intended to help the medical community on decision-making related to PAD and improve patient outcomes.

This press release can be downloaded and read in full detail at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2011/10/03/guidelines-for-peripheral-artery-disease-updated/

Life Line Screening Response to the ACCF/AHA’s ABI Screening Recommendation

While the recommendations now have been lowered to 65, Life Line Screening still recommends regularly checking beginning at age 50, based on the prevalence of the disease, the ease and accuracy of screening, and the fact that the risk of stroke begin to double every decade after age 55. 

Our position stems from our position as the largest vascular screening company in the world. It provides us with a unique vantage point on the utility of screening, and our data confirms our belief that screening should begin at this earlier age. We applaud the new guidelines and commend the committee for lowering the age, but recommend that our customers begin a decade earlier when the disease can be caught at more  modest stages.

Important Note for Diabetes Patients from the American Diabetes Association

According to the American Diabetes Association, “Due to the high estimated prevalence of PAD in patients with diabetes, a screening ABI should be performed in patients greater than 50 years of age who have diabetes.” This recommendation can be found in the ADA’s Clinical Diabetes journals at: http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/22/4/181.full.

As advocates for your well-being and quality of life, we want to make sure you have all the facts and recognize the importance of staying proactive about your healthcare.

Meanwhile, if you would like view the ACCF and AHA guidelines, they are available on the P.A.D. Coalition website at: http://www.padcoalition.org/resources/guidelines.php, and will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on November 1, 2011.

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Representative Paulsen Introduces Resolution to Raise Awareness of PAD

June 21, 2010

Representative Paulsen (MN-03) introduced an historic resolution urging government agencies, health organizations, professional societies, and others to address the national crisis of unrecognized, untreated Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

Thank you, Representative Paulsen, for championing this issue. Life Line Screening is the largest provider of PAD screenings in the nation, and we can assure you that most people who have an abnormal Ankle-Brachial Index, the gold standard screening for PAD, have absolutely no idea they have this disease. It is often symptomless in its early stages, yet PAD raises one’s risk for heart attack, stroke, amputation and death.

The ABI is a simple, painless test that takes just a few minutes. Last year alone, Life Line Screening found abnormal PAD findings in more than 26,000 people, plus another almost 5,000 people who were unable to complete the test due to arterial stiffness. These individuals were referred back to their doctors where they could be fully evaluated and treated, possibly avoiding a stroke or heart attack altogether.

Current federal guidelines do not recommend PAD screenings, and that is a shame. Many organizations are trying to change this, including the PAD Coalition (www.padcoalition.org) and the Vascular Disease Foundation (www.vdf.org). Life Line Screening supports the work of these organizations and Rep. Paulsen’s new resolution (paulsen.house.gov).




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