What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with 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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Patients who are treated medically should be seen every 4-6 months to assess the effects of therapy. Any changes in walking distance, smoking habits, eating habits, or exercise performance should be reviewed. Hypertension and diabetes should be controlled if necessary. Finally, a repeat pulse examination should be performed and the ABI measured. If the patient’s symptoms are worsening, intervention and referral to a vascular surgeon may be warranted.

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