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According to the American Heart Association, Peripheral Arterial Disease affects about 8 million Americans. Peripheral Arterial Disease is a hardening of the arteries that occurs when blood vessels in the legs are narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits, decreasing blood flow to feet and legs. Patients with PAD have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that 1 out of every 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50 have peripheral arterial disease, but many of those with warning signs don’t realize they have the condition and are not treated.
In addition to having diabetes, the risk of PAD is greater under the following conditions:
If any of the above risks or symptoms applies to you, a test for PAD should be considered. The podiatry specialists at North Texas Foot & Ankle conduct tests to detect Peripheral Arterial Disease. The test records pressure measurements by placing cuffs around a patient’s arms, calves, ankles, and above the knees. The patient’s pulse is taken and heart rate monitored.
The test is non-invasive and patients can resume normal activities immediately. North Texas Foot & Ankle will notify you with results within 24-48 hours. Request an appointment with North Texas Foot & Ankle to be tested for Peripheral Arterial Disease by calling (214)-574-9255 or filling out our online form.