Comparison of global estimates of prevalence and risk factors for peripheral artery disease in 2000 and 2010: a systematic review and analysis.


Lower extremity peripheral artery disease is the third leading cause of atherosclerotic cardiovascular morbidity, following coronary artery disease and stroke. This study provides the first comparison of the prevalence of peripheral artery disease between high-income countries (HIC) and low-income or middle-income countries (LMIC), establishes the primary risk factors for peripheral artery disease in these settings, and estimates the number of people living with peripheral artery disease regionally and globally.


We did a systematic review of the literature on the prevalence of peripheral artery disease in which we searched for community-based studies since 1997 that defined peripheral artery disease as an ankle brachial index (ABI) lower than or equal to 0·90. We used epidemiological modelling to define age-specific and sex-specific prevalence rates in HIC and in LMIC and combined them with UN population numbers for 2000 and 2010 to estimate the global prevalence of peripheral artery disease. Within a subset of studies, we did meta-analyses of odds ratios (ORs) associated with 15 putative risk factors for peripheral artery disease to estimate their effect size in HIC and LMIC. We then used the risk factors to predict peripheral artery disease numbers in eight WHO regions (three HIC and five LMIC).


34 studies satisfied the inclusion criteria, 22 from HIC and 12 from LMIC, including 112 027 participants, of which 9347 had peripheral artery disease. Sex-specific prevalence rates increased with age and were broadly similar in HIC and LMIC and in men and women. The prevalence in HIC at age 45—49 years was 5·28% (95% CI 3·38—8·17%) in women and 5·41% (3·41—8·49%) in men, and at age 85—89 years, it was 18·38% (11·16—28·76%) in women and 18·83% (12·03—28·25%) in men. Prevalence in men was lower in LMIC than in HIC (2·89% [2·04—4·07%] at 45—49 years and 14·94% [9·58—22·56%] at 85—89 years). In LMIC, rates were higher in women than in men, especially at younger ages (6·31% [4·86—8·15%] of women aged 45—49 years). Smoking was an important risk factor in both HIC and LMIC, with meta-OR for current smoking of 2·72 (95% CI 2·39—3·09) in HIC and 1·42 (1·25—1·62) in LMIC, followed by diabetes (1·88 [1·66—2·14] vs 1·47 [1·29—1·68]), hypertension (1·55 [1·42—1·71] vs 1·36 [1·24—1·50]), and hypercholesterolaemia (1·19 [1·07—1·33] vs 1·14 [1·03—1·25]). Globally, 202 million people were living with peripheral artery disease in 2010, 69·7% of them in LMIC, including 54·8 million in southeast Asia and 45·9 million in the western Pacific Region. During the preceding decade the number of individuals with peripheral artery disease increased by 28·7% in LMIC and 13·1% in HIC.


In the 21st century, peripheral artery disease has become a global problem. Governments, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector in LMIC need to address the social and economic consequences, and assess the best strategies for optimum treatment and prevention of this disease.

Source: Lancet.


Peripheral Artery Disease Increased Dramatically Over the Past Decade Worldwide.

Lower-limb peripheral artery disease (PAD) has become a worldwide problem, and its prevalence over the past decade increased twice as fast in lower- and middle-income countries (by 29%) as it did in high-income countries (by 13%), according to Lancet estimates.

Researchers examined data from community-based studies in which PAD was defined by an ankle-brachial index of 0.90 or lower. The 34 studies encompassed over 100,000 participants.

In high-income countries, PAD prevalence did not differ between men and women, but in other countries it was higher among women. Prevalence rose with age worldwide, reaching 10% by age 70 and 17% after age 80. The most important modifiable risk factor was smoking, followed by diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia.

The authors call the dramatic increase in prevalence — to about 200 million cases — “a major public health challenge,” given PAD’s association with loss of mobility, functional decline, and cardiovascular risk.


First Drug-Eluting Stent Approved to Treat Peripheral Artery Disease.

The FDA has approved the first drug-eluting stent to treat stenosis or occlusion of the superficial femoral artery in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).

In clinical trials, the Zilver PTX stent was more effective than — and at least as safe as — percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for treating symptomatic PAD. The most frequent major adverse event was restenosis necessitating additional therapy.

The paclitaxel-coated stent is contraindicated in patients with stenoses that cannot be dilated, patients with certain bleeding disorders, and women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to become pregnant within 5 years.

Source:FDA news

Structural and biochemical characteristics of arterial stiffness in patients with atherosclerosis and in healthy subjects.

Arterial stiffness is an independent predictor of vascular morbidity and mortality in patients with atherosclerosis. Angiographic score (ASc) reflects severity of atherosclerosis in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Osteopontin (OPN) and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) are involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between arterial stiffness, ASc, serum OPN and oxLDL in patients with symptomatic PAD, and in clinically healthy subjects. We studied 79 men with symptomatic PAD (mean age 64±7 years) and 84 healthy men (mean age 63±8 years). Calculation of the ASc was based on severity and location of atherosclerotic lesions in the arteries of the lower extremities. Aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV) was evaluated by applanation tonometry using the Sphygmocor device. Serum OPN and oxLDL levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The aPWV (10±2.4 VS. 8.4±1.7 (m s−1); P<0.001), OPN (75 (62.3–85.8) VS. 54.8 (47.7–67.9) (ng ml−1); P<0.001) and oxLDL (67 (52.5–93.5) VS. 47.5 (37–65.5); P<0.001) were different for the patients and for the controls. In multiple regression models, aPWV was independently determined by ASc, log-OPN, log-oxLDL and estimated glomerular filtration rate in the patients (R2=0.44; P<0.001) and by log-OPN, log-oxLDL, age and heart rate in the controls (R2=0.38; P<0.001). The independent relationship of a PWV with serum levels of OPN and oxLDL in the patients with PAD and in the controls indicates that OPN and oxLDL might influence arterial stiffening in patients with atherosclerosis and in clinically healthy subjects.

Source: Hypertension Research/nature.