Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Screening


PAD

What is PAD?
PAD stands for Peripheral Artery Disease. This happens when high cholesterol in blood will cause the build up of plaque in the blood vessels causing the blockage of the blood vessels. This can happens in all the blood vessels in body however most important organs that can be affected causing major disease include the carotid artery, arteries of legs and major arteries of abdomen mainly abdominal aorta, arteries involving kidney and heart. Patient with PAD are at high risk for heart attack or stroke as well as it may lead to other condition such as blockage in legs causing difficulty in walking and may also cause chronic kidney disease.

Importance of screening:
Early detection will give you the information and will help guide your physician to give appropriate preventive therapy and thus it can prevent heart attack or stroke and also will help prevent many blood vessels related disease such as chronic kidney disease and leg pain, if untreated it may lead to amputation of the legs.

Who should get screened?
Anybody over the age 50 is at high risk for the PAD. Patient with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and who is smoker are at higher risk for the PAD. This test is very vital tool to help stratify your risk for any cardiovascular event.

How is the screening is done?
Procedure is simple and pain free. It is done by the ultrasound machine. It is completely non-invasive.

How long is the test?
It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to completely scan the major blood vessels.

What do we scan?
We scan both carotid arteries in neck which takes the blood to brain. We scan major blood vessel in abdomen for aortic aneurysm and we scan the blood vessels in legs.

What is the cost?
The cost of the test is $175.00 and is done in our office.