Peripheral Artery Disease - Poor Circulation
Your doctor may perform a simple non invasive measurement in the office called ankle-brachial index (ABI) where the blood pressure is measured to determine how elastic your arteries are. A Doppler ultrasound is used to create an image of your blood vessels when a device is gently placed on your skin. Intravascular ultrasound allows a view from inside of the blood vessel walls by using a catheter device. A dye and X-ray are used to show an image of the blood vessels with an angiography. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) produces extremely detailed views of the blood vessels.
Am I at Risk
Risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing PAD, although some people that develop the condition do not have any risk factors. People with all of the risk factors may never develop PAD; however, the chance of developing the condition increases with the more risk factors you have. You should tell your doctor about your risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for PAD:
_____ Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for PAD. People that smoke may develop PAD 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
_____ People with a personal or family history of stroke or heart disease have a higher risk for PAD.
_____ Obesity is a risk factor for PAD.
_____ Diabetes is a high risk factor for PAD.
_____ High blood pressure is a risk factor for PAD.
_____ High cholesterol is a risk factor for PAD.
_____ People with kidney disease involving hemodialysis are at risk for PAD.
_____ PAD most frequently affects men ages 50 years old and older.
_____ People that are physically inactive have a higher risk of developing PAD.
with diabetes, amputation may eventually be necessary. PAD can lead to impotence. PAD can cause dangerous embolisms, blood clots that travel in the bloodstream.
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