A new study from Keck Medicine of USC has uncovered significant racial disparities in the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of peripheral artery disease (PAD) faced by Black patients in the United States. According to David Armstrong, MD, PhD, DPM, lead author of the study, Black patients are nearly 50% less likely to receive crucial interventions than white patients.
PAD affects approximately eight to 12 million Americans — though it us commonly underdiagnosed — and is associated with nearly half of the 150,000 yearly amputations in the United States. Critical complications such as heart attack and stroke are highly likely when PAD is left untreated.
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