Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs
Exams and Tests
If your doctor thinks that you may have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), he or she will examine you for physical signs of the disease and will ask about your personal and family medical history. This is a good time to talk with your doctor about any symptoms you have noticed.
Tests you may have to confirm PAD include:
- Reference Pulse and blood pressure checks in different areas of your body. Your doctor may also look at the color of your foot when it is elevated and after you exercise.
- Reference Ankle-brachial index (ABI) test. This test helps find out how narrow your arteries are. It can also measure blood flow through the arteries.
- Reference Doppler ultrasound. It may be used instead of the ankle-brachial index to measure blood flow in the arteries.
- Reference Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) or Reference computerized tomography (CT) angiography. These tests can also help diagnose PAD.
Tests for other health problems
Your doctor may also do other tests to find out if you have health problems that can cause PAD or make it worse. When you have PAD, you are at high risk for Reference coronary artery disease Opens New Window, heart attack, and Reference stroke Opens New Window. You may have tests for:
- Reference Cholesterol.
- Reference Blood pressure Opens New Window.
- Reference Blood glucose, which tests for diabetes.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery