Importance of ABI in effective compression therapy

Chronic venous disease is a fairly common vascular disorder that often goes undiagnosed by physicians and other healthcare providers until the onset of complications. Proper and timely conservative management in the form of compression therapy should be used before contemplating other, more aggressive treatments.   Chronic venous disease (CVD) affects men and women about equally…

How can compression therapy benefit wound care patients?

Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal in a predictable amount of time like most wounds. What exactly constitutes a predictable amount of time is highly variable, since there is no clear consensus, with current medical literature stating this ranges between 4 weeks and 3 months [1]. Regardless of healing time, chronic wounds represent…

Cardiovascular diseases: You can take control, have your ABI measured!

Cardiovascular diseases are affecting more and more people; therefore, we prepared a short summary of the seriousness of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), the complications, and prevention measures. Summary of the seriousness of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).   Prelevance and risk factors   Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), are according to the World Health Organization:…

Terrifying predictions for cardiovascular diseases

  Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remain the number one cause of death globally   In the Global Non-communicable diseases Action Plan 2013-2020, WHO provides recommendations and guidelines for national or regional prevention frameworks. One of the strategic actions includes strengthening all components of the health system for screening, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, self-care, and palliative care. The…

Introduction to Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) or Lower Extremity Artery Disease (LEAD)

According to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) often abbreviated now as LEAD (Lower Extremity Artery Disease) is significantly high. The disease has triggered concern as it is asymptomatic, which means it goes undetected for long periods, increasing the risk for advanced cardiovascular disorders.     Hence, it…

ABI measurements should be performed at the primary level!

As a cardiovascular surgeon, I am in constant contact with patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease. Usually, they present with pain at rest or with gangrene. Lack of preventive measures by general practitioners allows PAD to develop asymptomatically. Therefore, more ABI measurements should be performed at the primary level. But, in reality, they are not….