The Society for Vascular Medicine has released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in vascular medicine as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, led by the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support physicians and patients in making wise choices about their care. Download the list.
SVM Joins Rethink Varicose Veins Coalition
The Society for Vascular Medicine has joined a coalition of professional medical societies committed to empowering individuals to “Rethink Varicose Veins” as a health concern worthy of medical diagnosis and treatment. Varicose Veins, if left untreated, can progress to a more serious form of disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Symptoms of CVI include skin damage, swelling, severe pain and ulcers, and the disease itself is associated with significant morbidity, loss of productivity and reduced quality of life. The Society for Vascular Medicine has joined a coalition of professional medical societies committed to empowering individuals to “Rethink Varicose Veins” as a health concern worthy of medical diagnosis and treatment. Visit www.rethinkvaricoseveins.com.
SVM Calls USPSTF
Coronary Heart Disease Recommendations Ill-advised
The Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) finds these Task Force recommendations, particularly those discouraging the use of ankle-brachial index (ABI) screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), ill-advised and contrary to sound medical research. In a 2006 publication, the Task Force dismissed PAD as an important risk factor in cardiovascular disease. However, PAD is not merely a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it is cardiovascular disease. PAD is thought to affect 8 - 10 million Americans. Individuals with PAD have a five-times increased risk of suffering an heart attack, stroke, or death within five years.