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Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) suffer from increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The ankle brachial index has been widely used as an easy tool to identify and stratify patients with PAD, however its predictive value remains limited. Higher levels of inflammatory
and prothrombotic biomarkers have been associated with the development and progression of PAD and recent data suggest that may provide additional information for cardiovascular risk stratification of these patients. The current review will present available information on functional,
genetic and biochemical biomarkers which have been associated with PAD in cross sectional and large prospective studies and highlight their additive value for risk stratification of these patients.
Institute of Child Health, University College London, Great Ormond Street, London, WC1EJH.
Publication date: June 1, 2012
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