Do not perform open or endovascular treatment of lower limb lesions unless there is disabling claudication, critical limb ischemia or diabetic foot.
Treating a stenotic or occluded artery of the lower limbs that does not cause symptoms is inappropriate. There is no evidence that such a treatment would improve the evolution of the disease. Any treatment may expose the patient to the risk of relapse, often with a final result that is worse than before the procedure.
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Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.