Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D) is a serious circulatory condition where clogged or narrowed arteries cause poor circulation to the arms, legs, brain or kidneys. It occurs most often in the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. Clogged arteries in the lower extremities can cause lower limb pain, ischemia or gangrene. Over 10 million Americans have P.A.D. and, left untreated, P.A.D. is fatal 30% of the time within a five-year period.* Fortunately, today there is a non-invasive technology that can determine the presence of P.A.D. The P.A.D. test can be completed in 15-20 minutes during a regular office visit.
For patients with increased risk factors, including those being 50 years of age or older with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking, being informed about this arterial disease is especially essential. Leg pain and discoloration of the toes or feet are possible symptoms of P.A.D. It is important to note, however, that many people with P.A.D. do not experience any symptoms. Testing can help determine if you have P.A.D. and whether medical or surgical treatment is necessary.