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City sees rise in PAD patients

Update: March, 31/2015 - 08:53
A doctor examines a patient with peripheral arterial disease at the Military Hospital 103 in Ha Noi. The HCM City University Medical Centre has reported 23 PAD patients since Tet. — Photo alobacsy.com
HCM CITY (VNS) — More and more patients have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) at HCM City University Medical Centre.

Dr Le Thanh Phong, head of the centre's surgery ward for blood vessels, said that after Tet (Lunar New Year that fell on February 19), the hospital admitted 23 patients with PAD.

A 61-year-old patient of Soc Trang Province was brought to the medical centre in an emergency state because of necrosis in her right toe.

The patient had a painful ache in her legs for years and her right leg was numb. She did not visit a doctor until her big toe became inflamed.

The centre's doctors said the problem was PAD.

According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the legs is a narrowing or blockage of the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the legs.

PAD can occur in any blood vessel but it is more common in the legs than in the arms.

The doctors performed surgery to help her legs receive enough blood and to prevent the development of necrosis.

Phong said the elderly, smokers, diabetics and people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure were at risk of developing the disease.

New advanced technologies for screening and diagnosis at hospitals have helped more patients with PAD, he said.

According to a study published in Lancet in 2013, researchers from the UK and US said the number of people with PAD worldwide had increased by 23.5 per cent in the past 10 years, from 164 million in 2000 to 202 million in 2010.

Of these, 54.8 million were in Southeast Asia and 45.9 in the Western Pacific region. — VNS

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