Q: I currently have no symptoms of PAD, but I have several of the risk factors listed. Should I still be screened?
A: Many people with progressing PAD have no symptoms at all, so it is important to talk to your doctor about your risk factors. A PAD diagnosis can be done by asking a few simple questions, performing a simple exam and if required, doing a quick and easy test.
Q: I have a history of Coronary Artery Disease. Will my doctor test me for PAD?
A: Although your doctor is continually monitoring your health, you may need to request that your doctor do an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Screening test. ABI screening is a simple blood pressure calculation. It is painless and takes no more than 15 minutes and can identify the presence of asymptomatic PAD.
Q: After my ABI, my doctor told me that I needed a diagnostic ultrasound to determine the severity ofmy PAD. Shoudl I wait until I have leg pain?
A:Your doctor is in the best position to advise you of your diagnosis and treatment optins. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications associated with the progression of PAD. A common risk associated with untreated PAD is Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). CLI occurs when blood flow is restricted to tissue of the lower leg. Patients who wait until their PAD progresses are at risk of developing CLI, which can lead to severe pain and even amputation.