What are the SVS treatment guidelines for asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

Updated: Mar 08, 2021
  • Author: Josefina A Dominguez, MD; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Recommendations for management of asymptomatic PAD include the following:

  • Multidisciplinary comprehensive smoking cessation interventions are recommended for patients with asymptomatic PAD who use tobacco (repeatedly until tobacco use has stopped) (grade 1 recommendation; evidence level A).
  • Provision of education about the signs and symptoms of PAD progression to asymptomatic patients with PAD is recommended (grade 1 recommendation; evidence ungraded).
  • Invasive treatments for PAD are not recommended in the absence of symptoms, regardless of hemodynamic measures or imaging findings demonstrating PAD (grade 1 recommendation; evidence level B).

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