Physician: Diabetes is risk multiplier in vascular foot disease

05/2/2013 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

Approximately one-third of patients with diabetes have peripheral artery disease, and people with both conditions account for the most amputations in the U.S., said Dr. Joshua Beckman of Harvard Medical School at the 2013 International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy. The treatment focus, however, should be driven by the extent of vascular disease in the foot, regardless of whether diabetes is the cause, Beckman said, adding that follow-up care is vital. "[T]his is a group of people who need not only exquisite care, but exquisite surveillance," he stressed.

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