Peripheral Arterial Disease
The ankle brachial index (ABI) screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is used to detect potential blockages that may restrict blood flow within your leg arteries. These blockages are one component of a disease process referred to as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is an ongoing process whereby the large arteries within the arms and legs are slowly occluded. The diminished blood flow to the muscles and tissues often results in disabling leg pain and in some cases limb loss.
One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has peripheral arterial disease. Individuals who suffer from PAD, may be at increased risk for coronary disease, stroke, or abdominal aortic aneurysms. These risks can be reduced if PAD is diagnosed early.
Are you at risk?
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes (sugar)
- Heart disease
- Obesity (abnormal amount of fat on the body)
- Sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise)
- Male over age 50
- Female over age 55
- Family history of heart disease
- Family history of heart attack
- Family history of stroke
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Family history of high cholesterol
- Family history of diabetes (sugar)
If you have two or more risk factors, a vascular screening is recommended. Talk to your doctor or call to schedule an appointment.
Schedule a Screening Appointment
We are happy to assist you in scheduling a Baton Rouge Cardiology Center screening appointment.
You may send a request to us through our online form here. You may also speak with a scheduling representative directly at (225) 214-7730.