Among patients with peripheral artery disease, those with food insecurity had elevated risk for a major CV event, researchers reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Rayan S. El-Zein, DO, researcher at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri, and colleagues analyzed 11,907 adults treated for PAD in the Saint Luke’s Health System between 2015 and 2021. They determined food access status via the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Access Research Atlas.

“For a very long time, there has been extensive knowledge on the impact of healthy dietary habits on cardiometabolic health,” El-Zein told Healio. “However, identifying barriers that are preventing patients from being able to achieve those dietary goals to begin with is also critically important, particularly to mitigate health inequities faced by patients with PAD. Food insecurity directly impacts patients’ ability to improve their cardiometabolic health and is a key determinant that needs to be addressed in order to improve patient care in PAD.”

Read the full Healio article: Food Insecurity Raises Risk for Poor Outcomes in Patients with PAD

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