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Who is at risk for P.A.D.?
Patients at risk for P.A.D. could have one or a number of the following medical conditions

* Increasing age, especially after 50 years old
* High cholesterol
* High blood pressure
* Smoking , or a past history of being a smoker
* Diabetes
* Are of African American ethnicity
* A family history of peripheral arterial disease, heart disease or stroke
* Obesity

What are the warning signs or symptoms of P.A. D.?
Peripheral Arterial Disease develops slowly over many years. In the early stages, most people with P.A. D. have no symptoms or feel heaviness in their legs. As P.A.D. progresses, you may feel fatigue, tiredness or pain in your legs, thighs or buttock that happen when you walk but that goes away when you rest. Others experience foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep. And others have skin wounds or ulcers on their feet or toes that are slow to heal (or do not heal for 8 to 12 weeks)

How serious is P.A.D?
P.A.D. is a serious disease that affects millions of Americans over the age of 50. If you are diagnosed with P.A.D., you are likely to have hardened or narrowed arteries to the heart and the brain, increasing your risk for a heart attack or stroke. If P.A.D. is left untreated, the blood flow to your legs is greatly reduced and could cause other problems that frequently lead to amputation of a toe, foot or leg.

Special ultrasound imaging techniques, such as a Doppler ultrasound, can help your doctor evaluate blood flow through your blood vessels and identify blocked or narrowed arteries.

By injecting a dye into your blood vessels, this test allows your doctor to gain a better picture of your blood flow through your arteries. By tracing the flow or the contrast material, using x-ray imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance angiography or computerized tomography angiography the doctor gets a clear picture of exactly where your narrowed artery or vessel wall is weak.

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