Criticial limb ischemia: epidemiology.

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Abstract

Critical limb ischemia is found in 12% of the U.S. adult population. Its clinical presentation varies from no symptoms to intermittent claudication, atypical leg pain, rest pain, ischemic ulcers, or gangrene. Those with critical limb ischemia have a high incidence of cardiovascular comorbidities that reflect a significant systemic atherosclerotic burden; they have increased functional impairment and increased rates of functional decline compared with persons without critical limb ischemia. Interventions for critical limb ischemia and the impact of major amputation have a significant social and economic impact. At 1 year, 25% of patients will be dead, 30% will have undergone amputation, and only 45% will remain alive with both limbs. At 5 years, more than 60% of patients with critical limb ischemia will be dead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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