Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when peripheral arteries become narrow or blocked, restricting blood flow to the legs. If left untreated, PAD can cause leg pain, difficulty walking and can eventually lead to more serious conditions, such as heart attack or stroke. This screening is designed to identify your risk factors and help you take action. It is recommended for people who answer “yes” to one or more of these questions:
- Do you have aching, cramping or pain in your legs when you walk or exercise, but then the pain goes away after you rest?
- Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
- Do you have a previous history of heart attack or stroke?
- Do you smoke or have you ever smoked?
The screening takes approximately 30 minutes and includes:
- Digital ankle-brachial index test to measure blood flow and determine the degree of blockage due to plaque buildup
- Blood pressure and vital signs check
- Risk assessment questionnaire
- One-on-one counseling to review your results and recommend follow-up action
Please wear socks and shoes that are easy to remove.