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Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

Our ultrasound screening is non-invasive, extremely safe, and gives an accurate
picture of soft tissue that does not show up on x-rays.
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When plaque builds up in the arteries, it causes the arteries to narrow and puts you at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. There are many reasons for this to happen, such as lifestyle, diet, and aging.

But you have the ability to prevent, stop, and potentially reverse plaque buildup if you catch it early enough. This is why having a Peripheral Arterial Disease screening is so important. It gives you the chance to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent further buildup and possibly reverse the damage that has already been done.

What is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

Peripheral arterial disease is often referred to as PAD and is a common circulatory problem. As the arteries narrow from the plaque and fatty deposits build up in the arteries it reduces the blood flow from your heart to your legs, and sometimes the arms.

Generally, people over 50 are at a higher risk; people with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, who smoke, or have diabetes are also at an increased risk. Although peripheral artery disease and carotid artery disease typically occur in people over 50, depending on the individual’s lifestyle, people under 50 can also be affected. Known risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Common causes of PAD

PAD is generally caused by atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of fatty deposits on the artery walls reducing blood flow. This is often the result of smoking, bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, overuse of alcohol, being overweight, and lack of exercise.

Signs and Symptoms of PAD

Some of the Peripheral Artery Disease symptoms include:

  • Painful cramps that start after certain activities are felt in one or both of your hips, thighs, or calf muscles.
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, usually colder on one side
  • Sores that don’t seem to heal on your toes, feet, or legs
  • Skin color change in your legs
  • Hair loss loss or slower hair growth
  • Slower growth of your toenails
  • Shiny skin on your legs
  • Weak or no pulse in your legs or feet
  • Erectile dysfunction in men

Pain associated with peripheral artery disease often increases during sleep (nighttime pain) preventing you from a night of rest or after taking a walk.

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How to test for peripheral arterial disease

How is PAD diagnosed? There are various peripheral artery disease tests that will detect the reduced blood flow. These PAD tests include physical examinations, ankle-brachial index (ABI), ultrasound, angiography and blood tests.

At Craft Body Scan, we use the latest in vascular ultrasound technology. Using ultrasound, we test for peripheral artery disease without any invasive procedures providing an accurate picture. This allows us to locate any restricted areas or blockages making it effective to screen for peripheral artery disease and Carotid Artery Disease.

Is there a blood test for PAD?

There is no need for a blood test that will diagnose PAD, but it will show the following – high blood sugar and cholesterol. These are risk factors for PAD that should be monitored and managed.

Who should get a peripheral artery disease test?

The American and international guidelines suggest that people older than 50 years with a history of medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and high cholesterol should have a peripheral arterial disease test. It’s also suggested that if you’re 65 years old you should also be tested.

Risk factors of PAD

One of the biggest risk factors of PAD is high blood pressure, however, if you’re taking medication to control your blood pressure it can help lower your risk. High cholesterol is another risk for PAD.

Benefits of getting the screening

Early detection of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) helps you avoid debilitating symptoms and complications by can giving you time to treat plaque buildup – the underlying cause of PAD. The best peripheral artery disease treatment is changes to your lifestyle, including medication compliance, exercise, quitting smoking, a healthy diet and diabetes management.

When should I test for PAD?

Most people wait for signs or symptoms to get tested for PAD, but most often there aren’t any symptoms when it comes to a heart attack. If you are 50 years old, have diabetes, are currently smoking or have a history of smoking, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure you should have a peripheral arterial disease screening.

So what is a PAD test?

PAD Test Procedure

Pad testing is a simple, accurate and fast way to detect vascular blood flow and blood pressure. The sophisticated diagnostic ultrasound imaging machine uses high-frequency sound waves that are similar to any other ultrasound machine.

How to Prepare for the Screening

There is little to no special preparation before having the screening. You will want to dress in comfortable clothing.

What to Expect During the Screening

This is a painless and safe screening that uses sound waves and a transducer to produce images. The transducer is a small probe that will be used with gel to go over your skin and look at the different areas of your body.

What to Do After the Screening

You will be able to go about your day as normal proceeding the test.

Peripheral artery disease test results

When you receive your peripheral artery disease results, consider sharing your results with your primary care physician who may recommend treatment or lifestyle changes. If your results are normal, you’ve created a baseline for your health and can file them away to have on hand for future reference.

Where Can I Get a PAD test?

Our Tulsa office offers PAD tests. We have welcoming, experienced staff and use advanced technology for detailed and accurate peripheral vascular disease diagnosis.

Why should I choose CRAFT Body Scan for PAD screening?

If you want to prioritize your health and learn more about how to diagnose PAD, give us a call today. Our vascular ultrasound technology is non-invasive, extremely safe and provides an accurate look at what’s going on inside of your arteries.

Take control of your health today and schedule an appointment.

Take Control Of Your Health
With Early Detection

With a colon scan from Craft Body Scan, you can help increase your chances of survival. Our non-invasive,
low-dose scanner can detect signs of silent killers like cancer, tumors and heart abnormalities so you can act fast.