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Peripheral vascular disease: clinical review

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This resource reviews the diagnosis and management of peripheral vascular disease in primary care. Key learning points for general practice nurses include methods to manage cardiovascular risk for these patients, and optimise therapies to reduce side-effects.


After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Understand the prevalence and aetiology of peripheral vascular disease
  • Classify at-risk patients according to the Rutherford or Fontaine systems
  • Distinguish between intermittent claudication and non-vascular causes of leg pain
  • Measure ankle brachial pressure index
  • Initiate measures to modify risk factors
  • Evaluate treatment options
  • Consider long-term prognosis


Mr Vish Bhattacharya, Consultant general and vascular surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead and associate clinical lecturer, Newcastle University


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This resource is provided at an advanced level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.