Prevalence of PAD
The overall prevalence of PAD can be estimated from several population studies that used objective, noninvasive limb pressure testing results as diagnostic criteria.[2,3,4,5,6,7] The incidence and prevalence of PAD increase with age, with estimated prevalence rates of 3% among those 40-59 years of age, 8% in those 60-69 years of age, and 19% in those over age 70 years. When these rates are generalized to the US population, the overall prevalence of PAD is estimated to be more than 8.4 million individuals. Although these figures represent extrapolations, it is clear that PAD is a highly prevalent disorder.
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