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 the combination of the two represent the group in the United States with the most amputations, said Dr. Joshua Beckman of the Harvard Medical School, speaking at the 2013 International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy in Florida. 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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