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[Comment] Antithrombotic therapy in peripheral artery disease

18:31 EST 10 Nov 2017 | The Lancet

Peripheral artery disease is a systemic atherothrombotic disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the limbs. If severe enough, impaired blood flow can cause critical limb ischaemia, which presents as resting pain, ulceration, or gangrene, and might require a limb amputation in the most extreme cases.1 People with peripheral artery disease often have plaque in other arterial beds, and thus are at increased risk for myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, and cardiovascular death.

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