Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening – PAD Test | Life Line Screening

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), more commonly known as hardening of the arteries, is a condition in which the large and medium-sized arteries supplying blood to the legs become narrow or clogged, constricting the flow of blood. 

Who is this screening for?

Anyone with risk factors

Ages

50+

Frequency

Annually

Risk Factors

  • Family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke
  • Age 55+
  • Tobacco usage, past or present
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Screening Details

A quick and non-invasive procedure, PAD screening is done by using the ankle-brachial index (ABI). The ABI vascular test compares the blood pressure in your legs to your arms. After removing your socks and shoes, you will have pressure cuffs placed around your upper arms and ankles. A small ultrasound device will then measure the systolic blood pressure in your limbs.

About Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease affects 8%-12% of people in the U.S., especially those age 50+. 40% will experience no symptoms, so screening among people with risk factors is critical. In its worst form, PAD can lead to limb amputation. An ABI vascular test on your legs and arms can help determine your risk for this disease.

Warning Signs

Up to 40% of people with PAD will not experience symptoms, but these are the warning signs:
  • Pain in the legs that is relieved by resting
  • Smooth shiny skin
  • Skin that is cool to the touch
  • Poor wound healing
  • Constant leg pain, tingling, burning, or loss of all sensation

FAQ

  • Is Peripheral Artery Disease preventable?
    Yes. Controlling high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are all helpful to preventing PAD. Most important, avoid tobacco usage, which increases the risk for PAD by 2-6 times.1
  • Why should I worry about Peripheral Artery Disease?
    Peripheral Artery Disease, in its worst form, can lead to surgery or amputation of the limbs. Also, people with PAD are at higher risk for developing heart disease
  • Do more men get Peripheral Artery Disease?
    Peripheral Artery Disease affects men and women equally, but there is a higher incidence among Hispanics and African-Americans. 12-20% of people over age 60 have PAD.1
1Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Peripheral Artery Disease Fact Sheet, 2016

*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.