Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Leg
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral arterial disease results from a narrowing or stenosis of the arteries which supply oxygenated blood to the legs. This is caused by disease in the wall of arteries known as atheroma, which develops gradually over many years. It begins with cholesterol from the blood being deposited within the wall of arteries, leading to the thickening of the artery wall. This results in a narrowing or stenosis of the artery and a reduction of oxygenated blood flow to the leg.
What causes Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
Raised cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and lack of exercise, may all lead to PAD, however smoking & poorly managed diabetes are the most common causes. PAD occurs throughout the body and its consequences depend on which part of the body is affected. In the legs, the arteries become narrowed so that there is insufficient oxygenated blood supply to the exercising muscle. Therefore, you get a pain or cramp in the leg whilst walking, which disappears after a short rest (Intermittent Claudication).
If the arteries to the heart are affected then this may result in breathlessness, angina (chest pains) or even a heart attack. Similarly, a blockage of the carotid arteries to the brain may result in a stroke. Anyone who suffers with PAD is at much greater risk of atheroma to the arteries that supply the heart and the brain. Therefore, such patients are at increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
What Do you Get?
✓ Detection of PAD using Ultrasound
✓ Instant Results Summary
✓ No GP referral Required
✓ Having a scan with us cuts the risk of ulceration due to PAD
✓ Referred to GP if positive PAD diagnosed
✓ No waiting list
Who's at Risk?
- You are over 65
- You are diabetic
- You smoke
- You have high blood pressure
- You have numbness or weakness in the legs
- You have ulcers (open sores) on your feet and legs, which don't heal
- You have hair loss on your legs and feet
- You have changing skin colour on your legs, such as turning pale or blue
- You have brittle or slow-growing toenails
- You have erectile dysfunction
No specific preparation is needed
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