According to the American Heart Association, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is underrecognized, underdiagnosed, and undertreated despite its prevalence and danger.
This is partly due to the fact that many people with PAD experience no symptoms and its causes can vary, affecting different people for different reasons.
For these reasons early detection of PAD is critical, and thus, an awareness of the risk factors among vulnerable populations is extremely important.
While more can and should be done among the medical community to improve approaches to PAD screening and treatment, you can take steps on your own to protect your health.
Take the following simple quiz to determine if you are at risk of developing PAD.
Are you older than 64?
Are you a current smoker, or do you have a history of smoking?
Do you have diabetes?
Do you have high blood pressure (hypertension)?
Do you have high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)?
Do you have a family history of atherosclerosis or PAD?
Have you ever had a heart attack or a stroke?
Do you have chronic kidney disease?
Do you feel leg or foot pain during rest?