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What can I expect?

The thought of seeing a doctor isn’t always pleasant, and the process can vary greatly. It does, however, help to know what you can expect from a doctor visit. The following information will give you a basic idea.

Do you have PAD?

Because people with PAD may or may not have symptoms, PAD can go undiagnosed. That’s why it’s important to be examined, especially if you are at risk for coronary artery disease, experience leg pain during walking, or have ulcers on your legs or feet. In most cases, your doctor will diagnose you based on:

Physical exam and health history.

Your doctor will likely perform a physical exam to check pulses in your feet and legs; look for high blood pressure, heart abnormalities and blockages in the neck arteries; and look for any color changes, ulcers, infections or injuries to your legs and feet. It's possible that further tests will be ordered if any of these conditions are present. Tell your doctor about any symptoms, past medical history, family medical history, and risk factors you may have for coronary artery disease and PAD.

Blood flow measurements (ABI).

ABI (ankle-brachial index) is a common test for detecting PAD because it can help diagnose disease in patients who may or may not have symptoms. It works by comparing blood pressure in your ankles with blood pressure in your arms. PAD can also be diagnosed by other tests that measure blood flow and pressure such as segmental pressure test for the legs, toe-brachial index (TBI) for toes, and doppler ultrasound for blood flow in the arteries.

Angiogram.

Your doctor may decide to try to take a picture of your arteries to see whether you have restricted blood flow. Contrast angiography is a medical procedure that takes pictures of your blood vessels so the doctor can observe any narrowing or blockage. This can help the doctor to determine if a medical procedure is appropriate in your case.

Diagnosed with PAD. Now what?

You have real options. Dedicate yourself to loving your limbs and follow your doctor’s recommendations. These may vary greatly depending on your condition, and may include:

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Post Treatment.

It’s a wonderful thing that you received treatment for your PAD condition. But it doesn’t end there. There’s much more you can do to make sure your recovery goes well. Here’s a tip: It’s all about the choices you make when your doctor isn’t looking.

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Get informed. Get real help. Get healthy.

Unfortunately, PAD cannot be cured. Medical treatment and a healthy lifestyle can help improve blood flow and help keep the disease from getting worse. Taking action against PAD and CLI while these conditions are still manageable may help reduce leg pain and the risk of serious complications, including the risk of amputation, heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. That’s great news for you and your loved ones.

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