As life expectancy increases, more patients will harbor atherosclerotic conditions that portend disability and death. Due basically to a communication gap, sizable numbers of these patients who stand to benefit from vascular reconstruction are not being referred or are being referred too late to vascular surgeons. Vascular surgery currently can save limbs, extend productivity and life expectancy, ameliorate hypertension, and prevent stroke more reliably and with less risk than ever before. As the subspeciality of vascular surgery has matured, has incorporated additional fellowship training, and now approaches potential recognition in some yet to be determined form by The American Board of Surgery, it is incumbent on general physicians and vascular surgeons alike to develop appropriate channels that can transmit clinical concepts, educational information, and clinical results, as well as refer patients.
(JAMA 240:1524-1527, 1978)
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