A previous study showed that one in five people with PAD will have a major cardiovascular event (GP, 30 March 2007).
Now data from the US shows that prevalence of PAD among the asymptomatic population has increased from 3.7 per cent in 1999/2000 to 4.6 per cent in 2003/4.
The increase was most pronounced among women, rising from 4.1 to 6.3 per cent in four years.
This coincided with a rise in obesity among females with PAD, from 32.4 to 47 per cent.
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