For some elderly, unclogging leg arteries doesn't improve mobility

April 6, 2015 10:32 PM

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For some elderly, unclogging leg arteries doesn't improve mobility

(Reuters Health) - For nursing home residents, surgery to improve blood flow to the legs yields only limited improvements in mobility, according to a new study.

Knowing that so-called lower extremity revascularization may not improve mobility allows doctors, patients and families to have more realistic discussions about outcomes of the operation, said Dr. Emily Finlayson, the study’s senior author from the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies a...

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