What do elevated levels of inflammatory blood markers indicate in the workup of peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Elevated levels of inflammatory blood markers such as D dimer, C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and homocysteine have been linked to decreased lower extremity tolerance of exercise. [10] Higher levels of activity in daily life have been shown to decrease these levels. [11] The applicability to practice in emergency medicine is not clear, but it is unlikely to be of clinical significance.


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