What is the role of smoking cessation in the treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Josefina A Dominguez, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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In patients who smoke, the most expedient way of impeding the progression of PAOD is to stop tobacco use. Extensive evidence indicates that smoking cessation improves the prognosis. In addition, improved walking distance and ankle pressure have been attributed to smoking cessation.

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