New study investigates long-term outcomes and costs associated with treating critical limb ischemia

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Treatments that restore blood flow to the lower limbs of people with a serious circulation condition may be cheaper and associated with longer survival, than amputation according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The most severe form of peripheral artery disease, called critical limb ischemia, may result in ulcers on the leg, gangrene or the need for amputation.

“Many patients who are diagnosed with critical limb ischemia are told amputation is their only option,” said the study’s lead author Jihad Mustapha, M.D., an interventional cardiologist and critical limb ischemia specialist at Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “But amputation is associated with many poor outcomes, including shorter survival, depression and loss of independence.”

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