Vascular testing can assist in identifying a condition known as Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD. PAD is a common condition experienced by close to 10 million Americans which can lead to more serious complications if left untreated.
PAD is characterized by a decrease in circulation of blood flow caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries of the legs. Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease include:
- Fatigue in legs
- Pain or cramping
- Skin discoloration
- High blood pressure
There are a variety of factors which are key causes of PAD. Some of these include:
- High cholesterol
Vascular testing measures blood pressure through cuffs placed on the ankles to record your Ankle-Brachial Index & pulse volume recordings. The ABI compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm. PVR waveforms are indicative of the level of function in the limb. If abnormal results are seen, this can indicate the presence of PAD and allow for your doctor to treat your condition accordingly. The test itself is noninvasive and takes only 15 to 20 minutes in the privacy of your doctor’s office.
It is important to catch this condition as early as possible to slow the progression and decrease your symptoms.