Diabetes and Vascular Disease

Resources for patients, families and physicians

Considered one of the largest global health emergencies, diabetes is dangerous in large part because high blood sugar damages blood vessels. It also magnifies the effects of other health complications.

For Patients and Families – How Diabetes Affects Vascular Health

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Related illnesses of concern to patients with diabetes:

Arm Artery Disease

High Cholesterol

Peripheral Aneurysm

Renovascular Conditions

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More info at Patient Resources

 For physicians

Recent diabetes-related articles from the Journal for Vascular Surgery:

Topical Oxygen Therapy Results in Complete Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Nov. 2016

Continuous Oxygen Ambulatory Therapy Improves Wound Healing in Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Nov. 2016

The development and validation of the AMPREDICT model for predicting mobility outcome after dysvascular lower extremity amputation. Nov. 2016

Stenting versus endarterectomy after prior ipsilateral carotid endarterectomy. Oct. 2016

Patients with diabetes differ in atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and have worse clinical outcome after iliofemoral endarterectomy compared with patients without diabetes.Sept. 2016

The Impact of Postoperative Glycemic Control After Lower Extremity Procedures. Sept. 2016

A systematic review and meta-analysis of glycemic control for the prevention of diabetic foot syndrome. Sept. 2016

Other resources:

SVS, APMA and SVM Publish First-Ever Guidelines for Treating Diabetic Foot. Feb. 1, 2016.

Interactive clinical practice guidelines app

Building effective partnerships between vascular surgeons and podiatrists.

American Podiatric Medical Association

Educational Slides for the The Management of Diabetic Foot: A Clinical Practice Guideline by the SVS in Collaboration with the APMA and SVM [PDF]

The Management of Diabetic Foot: A Clinical Practice Guideline by the Society for Vascular Surgery in Collaboration with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine   J Vasc Surg 2016; special supplement published February 2016

All SVS Clinical Practice Guidelines