Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) occurs when cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect inside the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the limbs. This buildup, referred to as fatty plaque, narrows arteries and can lead to reduced or blocked blood flow (atherosclerosis). PAD most commonly occurs in the legs but can also be present in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, arms, kidneys, and stomach.4
While there are common symptoms associated with PAD, many people with PAD do not experience any symptoms at all, which makes early diagnosis even more crucial. Often, once symptoms do appear, the disease may have already progressed significantly. If they do occur, symptoms of PAD may include5:
Who is at Risk?
High Blood Pressure
Existing Cardiovascular Disease
Traditionally, providers have relied on the presentation of classic symptoms (such as intermittent claudication) prior to ordering tests to to detect abnormalities in the blood flow. However, each of these tests has significant drawbacks and limitations that make QuantaFlo PAD a superior choice.