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Peripheral arterial disease: symptoms, causes and management

Peripheral arterial disease: symptoms, causes and management

From this pharmacy CPD module you will learn:

  • What peripheral arterial disease is and its risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis
  • How it is treated and the possible complications
  • The advice and support that pharmacists and their teams can give to patients

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory disease in which arteries are narrowed due to atherosclerotic plaques, causing reduced blood flow (ischaemia) to muscles and other tissues of the legs or arms. Often the term PAD is used to describe symptoms occurring in the lower legs, as these are the most common. At times, however, the term lower limb peripheral arterial disease is used to distinguish occlusion of the lower limbs from wider

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