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University Of Michigan Doctor Urging More Attention For Peripeheral Artery Disease

May 13, 2014

Doctor Elizabeth Jackson wants your physician to focus on artery issues beyond hearth disease. She is University of Michigan Women's Heart Program Director and an advocate for early detection of Peripheral Artery Disease. 

Credit University of Michigan Health System

A recent study of over 12-thousand patients in Michigan shows that minimally invasive procedures can effectively treat PAD.  Doctor Jackson points out the high success rates of intervention, with succesful outcomes 91.2 percent of the time for women, and 89.1 percent for men. 

According to Jackson, women are generally older and have more severe symptoms before being diagnosed. She hopes more study will be conducted to help identify why the age gap occurs that, she says, will help doctors treat P-A-D earlier and more effectively in both men and women.

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