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This report summarises the results of SBU’s systematic review of the literature concerning methods of diagnosing and treating symptomatic peripheral arterial disease caused by atherosclerosis or arterial thrombosis in the lower extremities. The project did not include studies of methods to prevent or affect the development or progress of peripheral arterial disease. Many of those methods have been assessed by previous SBU reports: Smoking Cessation Methods (1998), Obesity – Problems and Interventions (2002), Moderately Elevated Blood Pressure (2004), Interventions to Prevent Obesity (2005) and Methods of Promoting Physical Activity (2007).
How to cite this report: SBU. Peripheral arterial disease – Diagnosis and treatment. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU); 2009. SBU report no 187 (in Swedish).
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