Study: Amputation rates for PAD similar despite costly treatments

11/21/2013 | HealthDay News

The rates of amputations for individuals with severe peripheral artery disease remained comparable despite some patients receiving more costly treatments such as revascularization, according to a study of 18,400 Medicare patients published in the journal JAMA Surgery. There is "little evidence to suggest that more expensive vascular care offers a marginal advantage over less expensive vascular interventions," the study concluded. Other experts, however, suggested that more rigorous trials are needed to look at a broader patient population and take co-existing illnesses into account.

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