The main purposes of this study are:
- to describe the prevalence and degree of reduced left ventricular function and
hypertrophy in patients with peripheral arterial disease in comparison to controls from
the general population,
- to evaluate factors of importance to left ventricular dysfunction and hypertrophy in
patients with peripheral arterial disease, and
- to assess the impact of cardiac function and left ventricular hypertrophy on long-term
prognosis in patients with peripheral artery disease.