Prevalence of symptomatic leg ischaemia in a swedish community: an epidemiological study
1993 (English)In: European Journal of Vascular Surgery (United Kingdom), ISSN 0950-821X, Vol. 7, no 4, 432-437 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The prevalence of symptomatic leg ischaemia (SLI) was studied using a standardised postal questionnaire and by measuring ankle systolic blood pressure among those with leg pain. All individuals, aged 50–89 years, of both sexes (n = 2748) in a community of 7524 inhabitants were included. The overall questionnaire response rate was 92%, of whom 441 (17%) reported any form of leg pain. Ankle systolic blood pressure (ASBP) was measured in 353 (80%) of those. Ankle/brachial index (ABI) ⩽0.8 was chosen as the criterion for verified SLI. One hundred and seven (30%) had a verified SLI (ABI ⩽0.8).Hospital records could be reviewed in 83% of the non-responders, and revealed corresponding distributions of risk factors among the non-responders and the questionnaire-responders. Risk factor frequencies among ASBP-examined and not examined individuals were also comparable. The overall prevalence of SLI in the age 50–89 years was 4.1%, ranging from 1.5% in the age decade of 50–59 years, to maximum 7.1% in the decade 70–79 years. A slight but not significant male predominance was recorded, except for the age decade 70–79 years. The prevalence of SLI in the whole community population was approximately 2000/100 000 of which 5% were possible candidates for vascular intervention.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1993. Vol. 7, no 4, 432-437 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84282DOI: 10.1016/S0950-821X(05)80262-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84282DiVA: diva2:558463