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Cardiovascular System: Diseases

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings she has had with groups representing patients with peripheral arterial disease. (144551)

There have been no ministerial meetings with groups representing patients with peripheral arterial disease in the past year, but officials have met interested stakeholders from the University of Dundee.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration her Department has given to the inclusion of strategies to manage peripheral arterial disease in the national stroke strategy. (144553)

The national stroke strategy had a project group looking at issues around prevention and raising public awareness. This made broad recommendations which are relevant to peripheral arterial disease, and which will be published for consultation this summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place with regard to identification of patients with peripheral arterial disease as part of the vascular disease risk management programme. (144556)

The Department's Vascular Programme Board has considered a presentation about the impact of peripheral arterial disease. This will be considered as part of a broader programme of work exploring the feasibility of a comprehensive vascular risk management programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued by her Department on the use of the ankle brachial pressure index as a means of assessing vascular disease risk. (144557)

The Department has not issued guidance on the use of on the ankle brachial pressure index on how to assess vascular disease risk.