Lower and Upper Extremity Arterial Testing
Approximately 12 million Americans suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), referred to as hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis. This narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries. Patients with PAD have a much higher incidence of heart attack and stroke. PAD symptoms include:
- Tight aching or squeezing pain in the hips, buttocks, thighs or calf muscle when walking - referred to as "claudication." This is the most common symptom for PAD.
- Infection or sores that do not heal or heal slowly.
- Skin color changes (bluish, reddish or pale appearing).
- Skin temperature (coolness or cold).
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the lower leg, foot or toes.
Testing with ultrasound blood pressure measurements of legs and hand-held Doppler probes can be performed to identify the presence of narrowing in the arteries, location and the severity.
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