Harvard Heart Letter

Peripheral artery disease often goes untreated

Peripheral artery disease often goes untreated until it is too late, and research suggests that millions of people with peripheral artery disease are not taking the appropriate medications to control it. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital estimated that at least two-thirds of the seven million American adults with peripheral artery disease aren't taking a statin, an ACE inhibitor, and/or aspirin, medicines known to protect arteries and the heart (Circulation, July 5, 2011).
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