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Criteria of peripheral vascular disease in pre-employment examination

Criteria of peripheral vascular disease in pre-employment examination

Angiology 12(2): 66-67

Healthy laborers applying for jobs were examined for arterial pulsations in the feet, according to age group. It was found that irrespective of age the dorsalis pedis pulse was missing 15% of the time. The posterior tibial was palpable in the younger males but was less easier to find in the older age groups. If both pulses were missing it was associated with arterial thrombosis, in the femoral region. The incidence of asymptomatic arterial disease in the 40 to 60 year old male laborer was 1%. For this reason it is urged that prospective employees be carefully examined for the presence of at least one arterial pulse in the foot. If none is found, employment should be denied until further studies have been made.

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