USPSTF finds insufficient evidence to assess PAD, CVD test

03/21/2013 | AAFP News Now

There is not enough evidence to assess the risks vs. benefits of using the ankle brachial index to screen asymptomatic adults for peripheral artery and cardiovascular diseases, according to a draft report by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. USPSTF Co-vice Chair Michael LeFevre, MD, said despite the uncertain evidence, how he manages patients to prevent heart disease likely would not change based on results of the ankle brachial index test.

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