PAD Risk Assessment
Are your legs often tired or do your calves feel tight or ache when you walk or exercise?
If yes, do your legs feel better when you stop the activity?
- Age 50+
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Current or Past Smoker
- Family history of stroke or vascular disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Inactive lifestyle
If two or more of these apply to you, your doctor may want to do further testing to see if you have Peripheral Artery Disease.
What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral artery disease refers to atherosclerosis in any area of the body other than the heart. Atherosclerosis is a build-up or blockage caused by hardening of the artery wall or fatty particles sticking to the artery wall.
Blockages are most commonly seen in the legs, however they sometimes occur in other areas including the kidney (renal), neck (carotid) and arms. These blockages are just as bad for your health as coronary artery disease (CAD). They rob your extremities/organs of oxygen rich blood.