Check for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
What is PAD?
Peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood.
When plaque builds up in the body’s arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body.
P.A.D. usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. This article focuses on P.A.D. that affects blood flow to the legs.
P.A.D. increases your risk of ischemic heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and transient ischemic attack (“mini-stroke”). Although P.A.D. is serious, it’s treatable. If you have the disease, see your doctor regularly and treat the underlying atherosclerosis. P.A.D. treatment may slow or stop disease progress and reduce the risk of complications. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgery or procedures. Researchers continue to explore new therapies for P.A.D.
AM I AT RISK?
If you have one or more of the following risk factors, we recommend coming in for free testing:
- Over 50
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
What is the Test?
We do an Ankle Brachial Index Test. We take blood pressure measurements from your arms and ankles and compare them to see if there is any blockage present. It is a quick and painless procedure done in our office.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/peripheral-artery-disease