Jen-Kuang Lee
Current Position
Attending Physician
Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital
Peripheral Artery Session

Topic: Taiwan PAD Consensus Update


Peripheral artery disease (PAD) imposes a heavy burden of major adverse cardiovascular events that are associated with considerable mortality and morbidity, and major adverse limb events (e.g., thrombectomy, revascularization, amputation) that can substantially impact patients’ daily functioning and quality of life. Global registry data have indicated that PAD is an underdiagnosed disease in Taiwan, and its associated risk factors remain inadequately controlled. This review discusses the burden of PAD in Taiwan, major guidelines on PAD management, and the latest clinical trial outcomes. Practical experience, opinions, and the latest trial data were integrated to derive a series of clinical algorithms – patient referral, PAD diagnosis, and the antithrombotic management of PAD. These algorithms can be adapted not only by physicians in Taiwan involved in the clinical management of patients with PAD but also by the general practitioner in local clinics and regional hospital settings, ultimately to improve the totality of PAD patient care in Taiwan.