Reducing iron levels in patients with peripheral artery disease

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The reduction of body iron stores through phlebotomy (blood removal) in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) does not appear to decrease the risk of death plus nonfatal cardiovascular events, according to a study published in the February 14 issue of JAMA.

Peripheral artery disease is a partial or total blockage of an artery, usually one leading to a leg or an arm. According to background information in the article, "accumulation of iron in excess of physiologic requirements has been implicated in the risk of several chronic diseases through increased iron-catalyzed free radical

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