Evidence Insufficient on Specific CVD-related Screening

On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released two draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease (CVD): a draft recommendation statement(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org) and draft evidence review(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org) on screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and CVD risk assessment using the ankle-brachial index (ABI), and a draft recommendation statement(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org) and draft evidence review(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org) on risk assessment for CVD using nontraditional risk factors. Resting ABI is the most commonly used test for detection of PAD in clinical settings, although results can vary based on the precise measurement protocol used. Calculated as the systolic blood pressure...

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