Peripheral Vascular Disease Does Not Discriminate

DMP_Blog-FeatureImage-PeriVascResearchers in New York recently found that of the more than 3.6 million people who underwent screening for cardiovascular disease a person’s age and gender most affects the prevalence of certain types of peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and that diabetes is a major risk factor for developing these diseases, even in patients without heart disease.

More than 3 million cases of peripheral vascular disease are reported in the United States every year according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  This disease is characterized by narrowed blood vessels that reduce blood flow to the limbs.

As the manufacturer and distributor of the ArterioFlow, arterial compression pump, which helps treat patients with peripheral artery disease, a form of PVD, we were very interested in this study.

Researchers sought to find what populations were most at risk for PVD because as the U.S. population ages more and more people are developing this very common yet under researched condition, the study’s authors said in a recent release. There was significant evidence which pointed to a previously established relationship between age and gender in coronary artery disease but not in PVD.

“These findings point to very important differences between women and men, and older and younger individuals, when it comes to PVD,” said senior investigator Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, an associate professor in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at NYU Langone in the release. “In addition, we found that diabetes is a strong risk factor for developing PVD, which may be a significant finding for physicians treating diabetic patients.”

Berger and his team used data collected from more than 3.6 million people screened by Life Line Screening, a national provider of health screenings for cardiovascular and chronic diseases. Their focus was on three different types of PVD, peripheral artery disease (PAD), carotid artery stenosis, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Researchers found that women have a higher prevalence of PAD while men had a higher incidence of carotid artery stenosis. For abdominal aortic aneurysms, age and gender weren’t really a factor.

“These findings suggest that vascular diseases are not all the same, and that men and women have a different predisposition for one type of disease over another,” Berger said. “Sex-specific guidelines for PVD are important, and we are starting to realize that women and men need to be approached differently.”

To read more about the study click here.  For more information about Devon Medical Products ArterioFlow compression system, call us today at 866-446-0092.