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Peripheral Artery Occlusive Disease

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    CME Credit Information

    Credit Type
    AMA PRA Category 1 *
    Number of Credits

    Course Objectives

    • Review of the causes, symptoms, and principles of management of acute arterial insufficiency of the lower extremities.
    • Discuss the complications of  reperfusion of the ischemic leg, primarily compartment syndrome.
    • Discuss the features of embolic arterial occlusion as compared to occlusion due to atherosclerosis.
    • Discuss the differences between proximal (aortoiliac) and distal (femoral, popliteal, and tibial) occlusive disease.
    • Review the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic arterial occlusive disease with emphasis on proper conduct and interpretation of ankle pressure measurements.
    • Review the principles, methods, interpretation, and pitfalls of ankle and digital pressure measurements.
    • Review Raynaud’s disease and Burger’s disease as special cases of acute (Raynaud’s) and chronic (Burger’s) occlusive disorders.

    Target Audience

    Physicians, sonographers and others who perform and/or interpret vascular ultrasound.

    * AMA Category 1 credits are used by physicians and other groups like PAs and certain nurses.  Category 1 credits are accepted by the ARDMS, CCI and Sonography Canada.


    The Institute for Advanced Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Institute for Advanced Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    These credits are accepted by ARDMS/APCA, CCI, Sonography Canada and most other credentialing bodies.

    For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization.

    Estimated Time for Completion
    approximately 2 hours
    Date of Release
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    Ted Kohler, MD
    Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
    Department of Surgery
    Seattle, Washington


    In compliance with the Essentials and Standards of the ACCME, the author of this CME tutorial is required to disclose any significant financial or other relationships they may have with commercial interests.

    Ted Kohler MD discloses no such relationships exist.

    No one at IAME who had control over the planning or content of this activity has relationships with commercial interests.

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