Table 5

Results from qualitative reviews examining the impact of the major vascular conditions on quality of life

ConditionNumbers of citationsNumber of included studiesKey themes
AAA3153Anxiety and lack of physical symptoms.
CAD9643Symptoms, psychological and social impact, risk and service experience.
PAD9739Pain, compromised physical function and impact on social life.
VV18043Adaptation – coping strategies employed to limit various impacts, appearance of VV.
VLU180413Pain, odour and exudate – impact on sleep, mobility and mood.
  • AAA, abdominal aortic aneurysm; CAD, carotid artery disease; PAD, peripheral arterial disease; VLU, venous leg ulcer; VV, varicose veins.