HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Availability of vascular surgeons impacts amputation rate

Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are more likely to have a foot or leg amputated if they live in a region that has few vascular surgeons, according to a Rice University/Baylor College of Medicine study published in the July issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

"We found that areas of the country that had higher numbers of vascular surgeons had more bypass surgery performed and lower amputation rates," said principal investigator Vivian Ho, a health economist at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy and an associate professor of medicine at Baylor.

PAD is a condition in which fatty deposits build up on the inner linings of arteries, restricting the flow of blood to muscles and organs, especially the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs and feet. About 8 million to 12 million people are affected by PAD. The disease accounts for about half of all amputations among diabetics and is the major cause of amputation for nondiabetic patients.

Treatment often entails lifestyle changes and medication. Sometimes amputations can be avoided through bypass surgery in the lower extremities that improves blood circulation in the legs and feet; this procedure must be performed by vascular surgeons.

Amputation rates can vary as much as tenfold in different areas of the U.S., so Ho wanted to analyze whether the availability of vascular surgeons in a region affects revascularization and amputation rates for patients with PAD. Collaborating with the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ho identified all patients with PAD in the Medicare claims data in 1994 and tracked their claims through 1999. She separated data on more than 143,200 patients who survived through 1999 by hospital referral region and merged it with information on the supply of local physicians and vascular surgeons.

Ho's statistical analysis of the data revealed that a .30 increase in the number of vascular sur
'"/>

Contact: B.J. Almond
balmond@rice.edu
713-348-6770
Rice University
8-Jul-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Antioxidants show no clear benefit against cardiovascular events, death in high-risk women
2. Pot bellies linked to early signs of cardiovascular disease
3. Waist-to-hip ratio may better predict cardiovascular risk than body mass index
4. Researchers find vitamin B1 deficiency key to vascular problems for diabetic patients
5. Stroke in nonvascular atrial fibrillation -- anti-coagulants better than anti-platelet therapy
6. Womens mortality rates for cardiovascular disease differ widely among hospitals
7. Study explains why patients with OSA are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease
8. Reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors when discontinuing hormone replacement therapy
9. Chunky adolescents cardiovascular health is headed in wrong direction
10. Mayo Clinic research in cardiovascular disease presented at Experimental Biology 2007
11. Both minor and major ECG abnormalities linked with increased risk of cardiovascular events in women

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Availability vascular surgeons impacts amputation rate

(Date:2/28/2015)... (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 Mew and ... announced that they now provide business consulting services in ... as corporate tax planning and succession planning. Company finances ... to experienced professionals. On top of this, complex Canadian ... handle corporate accounting. As a result, Mew and Company ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 2015 Vancouver personal injury lawyers at Jiwa ... affected by time limits. They stated that in many cases, ... or even nullify it. Many a time, delays in making ... rights under BC law. As a result, experts at Jiwa ... should consult a personal injury lawyer in order to know ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 Indosoft ... software suite for Asterisk, are pleased to announce the ... successful 5.7 and 5.8 versions of Q-Suite, this new ... as a number of new features to the leading ... 2015. , Q-Suite 5.9 will add features to enhance ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... A study out of the University of Oxford ... the treatment of a hereditary ocular condition that leads ... Dr. Robert MacLaren, professor of ophthalmology at the University ... on January 16, 2014 , the study treated six ... mostly affects men and leads to the degeneration of ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... (PRWEB) February 28, 2015 For those ... in person, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation ... on Tuesday, March 3, starting at 9:30 AM. , ... no registration. The broadcast can be accessed through any ... http://www.curemeso.org/symposium . , The Symposium is a unique event ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Vancouver Corporate Tax Accountants Now Provide Business Consulting Services 2Health News:Jiwa Law Corporation Recently Announced That Time Delays May Weaken Personal Injury Claims 2Health News:Indosoft Proudly Announces Q-Suite 5.9 Call Center Software for Asterisk 2Health News:New Gene Therapy Procedure Could Hold Key to Preventing Blindness for Certain Patients 2Health News:Mesothelioma Cancer Research Foundation Broadcasting Symposium Live 2
(Date:2/27/2015)... 2015 Roughly three-quarters of pharmacists said ... an interchangeable biosimilar for its branded biologic counterpart ... name, according to a survey published in the ... of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy (JMCP). ... pharmacists would feel as confident if the products ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... 27, 2015 Pharmaceutical and biotech marketers are ... for the same indication. This can be a complex ... prevent one of their brands from gaining market share ... recent research by benchmarking firm, Best Practices, LLC, 75% ... rather than together as part of a franchise. Marketers ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... 27, 2015 The role of the Medical ... one thing hasn,t changed: face-to-face meetings are seen as ... Key Opinion Leaders. Yet at the same ... type of interaction, field medical teams within the pharmaceutical ... This is just one of the challenges addressed in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Survey Published in AMCP's JMCP Finds Pharmacists Are Most Confident Substituting Interchangeable Biosimilars for Brand Biologics When Products Share Nonproprietary Name 2New Report Details How to Expand a Pharmaceutical Product Portfolio without Cannibalizing an Established Brand 2Improving the Management of MSL Teams to Create Value across a Diverse Set of Customers 2
Cached News: