Table 2

Main variables and coding

Symptomatic PAODPrimary inpatient diagnosis, ICD-10 GM, before 2015ICD-10 GM, since 2015
Fontaine II: intermittent claudicationI70.21I70.21, I70.22
Fontaine III: rest painI70.22I70.23
Fontaine IV: ulceration and gangreneI70.23, I70.24I70.24, I70.25
Main pharmacological therapy groupsDescriptionGerman ATC
Lipid-lowering drugsHMG CoA reductase inhibitors, fibrates, bile acid sequestrants, nicotinic acid and derivativesC10
AntithromboticsVKA, heparins, platelet aggregation inhibitors, enzymes, direct thrombin inhibitors, direct factor Xa inhibitorsB01
Blood pressure-lowering drugsAntihypertensives, diuretics, beta-blocking agents, calcium channel blockers, agents acting on the renin-angiotensin systemC02, C03, C07, C08, C09
  • ATC, anatomical therapeutic chemical classification; HMG CoA, 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A reductase; ICD GM, International classification of diseases German modification; PAOD, peripheral arterial occlusive disease; VKA, Vitamin K antagonists.