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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is an atherosclerotic disease that causes narrowing of the arteries in the legs and affects over 237 million adults worldwide. The severity of PAD ranges from intermittent claudication (IC) which presents as pain in the buttocks/legs when walking, through to critical limb threatening ischemia (CLTI) which presents as constant pain day and night, and is often accompanied by ulcers, tissue loss and/or gangrene.
As well as the risk of losing a limb, there is a significant risk of heart attack, stroke and death, so improving physical function (such as walking distance and strength), and enhancing quality of life is the predominant goal to treat this disease. Research is needed so that guidelines to treat patients with PAD are more specific.