International PAD Strategic Network
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
PAD has a high social burden in high income as well as in low- and middle-income countries. PAD increases with
the increase in life expectancy and aging of the population.
Cardiovascular (CV) acute fatal and non-fatal events are related to the stage of the disease. Critical Limb
Ischemia (CLI) is the most advanced stage of PAD with a high risk of amputation and the highest rate of
Costs are higher for inpatients in its advanced stages than those for coronary heart disease (CHD) or stroke.
PAD responds positivelyto simple preventive measures if approached in stages I and II (Asymptomatic or
Several cardiovascular events can be prevented and the PAD deterioration controlled and consequently vascular
amputations can be mostly avoided.
Clinical evaluation alone can diagnose PAD.
Preventing the deterioration of PAD is a primary ethical commitment for those who work and have responsibilities
in national health organizations.