- The global prevalence of lower extremity peripherally artery disease (PAD) is estimated to be over 200 million, with increasing incidence due to rising rates of obesity and diabetes, one of the most substantial risk factors for PAD.
- Patients with PAD often have co-occurrence of mental health conditions which pose significant challenges for the successful management of both conditions.
- This scientific statement provides a framework for evaluating mental health as part of the overall disease management strategies for patients with PAD.
Mental Health Burden and Outcomes in Individuals With Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease
Kim Smolderen, PhD, FAHA and Carlos Mena-Hurtado, MD, FAHA, authors from the writing group for a new AHA scientific statement, discuss the purpose of the paper and the need to integrate mental health care into the management of individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD).