The imlportance of the social and medicaI impact of arterioscIerotic diseaes fully justi· fies a series of studies focused on improving knowledge of tbis pathology before symp· toms become manifest so as to orientate treatment increasingly towards prevention. The aim of this study- of which the authors now report thh preliminary results- was to establish the incidence of unidentified lower limb arteriopathy in the generaI population and to evaluate the relations between this and the possible presence of risk factors. Authors therefore decided to evaluate patients attending outpatient GeneraI Surgery clinic for symptoms manifestly not related to lower limb vascular pathology (arterial or venous). Patients suffering from any arteria! disease were likewise excluded from the study
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