What is Peripheral Artery Disease?
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing of arteries in the legs that limits mobility, causes pain, and creates poor circulation. Atherosclerosis is a common cause of PAD. The symptoms may be present in any part of the legs from the thigh to the feet. PAD treatments include lifestyle changes, taking prescription medications, and exercising.
Who should get this test?
Diabetes greatly increases your risk of PAD. You may also be at higher risk of PAD if you:
- have a family history of heart disease
- have high blood pressure
- have high cholesterol
- have had a previous heart attack or stroke
- are overweight or obese
- are physically inactive
- are a smoker
- are over the age of 50
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. If you’re at high risk of developing PAD, they may check you for signs of PAD. They may also recommend lifestyle changes or other measures to lower your risk of PAD.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.