There are certain conditions, known as risk factors, that may contribute to the development of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The risk factors for PAD include:5,7,8
To diagnose PAD, a physical examination is performed. If PAD is suspected, this may be followed by a specific blood pressure measurement.
When PAD is suspected, an ABI compares the blood pressure in the legs to the arm and is a useful way of confirming PAD symptoms, especially when they are atypical or absent.1,5,11
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition affecting the blood vessels in the legs that commonly presents in people over the age of 65, or younger for those with existing cardiovascular risk factors. If left untreated, PAD can lead to serious long-term complications. If diagnosed early and treatment started quickly, the risk of these complications can be reduced significantly.
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