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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Are You At Risk For Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) ?

 According to the Society of Interventional Radiologists, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects an estimated 8 to 10 million people in the United States. Individuals with PAD are at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and loss of limbs, yet awareness among the general public and primary care physicians regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this disease is extremely low. 

The most common symptom of PAD is painful cramping in the hips, thighs, or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising.

Get Tested for PAD If You
•    Are over age 50
•    Have a family history of vascular disease, such as PAD, aneurysm, heart attack or stroke
•    Have high cholesterol and/or high lipid blood test
•    Have diabetes
•    Have ever smoked or smoke now
•    Have an inactive lifestyle
•    Have a personal history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or other vascular disease
•    Have trouble walking that involves cramping or tiredness in the muscle with walking or exercising, which is relieved by resting
•    Have pain in the legs or feet that awaken you at night

We invite you to answer a few yes or no questions on our questionnaire to get a baseline indication whether you are at potential risk for peripheral artery disease.  Fill out your contact information and if your score indicates that you may be at risk please contact our office for a consultation with one of our board certified interventional radiologists.

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