Why should I get screened for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

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Two of the top 10 causes of death and another in the top 20 could be prevented if individuals are alerted to having peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Atherosclerosis in blood vessels is systemic. Finding it in the smaller arteries in the legs, given the proper precautions and treatment are taken, could potentially prevent a heart attack, stroke or an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. As a result, blood flow is restricted.

Early detection of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can help avoid life-threatening conditions. That’s why screening for PAD is important. When PAD is diagnosed early, treatment focuses on lifestyle changes: eating healthier, exercising daily and stopping smoking. But once the disease has progressed, patients face angioplasty to open the artery, and possibly stenting, to keep it propped open, or bypass surgery, which reroutes the blood.

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