What are the SVS guidelines for the postintervention treatment of intermittent claudication (IC) in 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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Recommendations for postinvervention therapy in IC include the following:

  • After EVT or open surgical intervention for claudication, optimal medical therapy (antiplatelet agents, statins, antihypertensives, control of glycemia, smoking cessation) is recommended for all patients (grade 1 recommendation; evidence level A).
  • After lower-extremity bypass (venous or prosthetic), antiplatelet therapy (aspirin, clopidogrel, or aspirin plus clopidogrel) is suggested (grade 2 recommendation; evidence level B).
  • After infrainguinal endovascular intervention for claudication, treatment with aspirin and clopidogrel for at least 30 days is suggested (grade 2 recommendation; evidence level B).

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