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A Look at Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening Tests

Georgia Endovascular offers the latest screening technologies for vascular disorders like peripheral artery disease (PAD). We’ll take a closer look at PAD testing.

PAD is a condition characterized by narrowed arteries, typically in the legs, leading to reduced blood flow and potential complications.

Early detection of PAD is crucial for preventing complications and improving outcomes. 

If you or a loved one are living with symptoms of PAD, such as leg pain, cramping, or numbness, seeking timely screening tests is essential to ensure prompt diagnosis and effective management.

Screening tests play a vital role in identifying PAD and assessing its severity. 

Below, we explore common PAD screening methods and what's involved in these diagnostic tests. Continue reading to learn more about what test you need for PAD diagnosis. 

Is There a Specific Test for Peripheral Artery Disease?

While there isn't a single definitive test for PAD, healthcare providers often use a combination of medical history, physical examination, and specialized tests to diagnose the condition. 

These tests aim to evaluate blood flow in the arteries and assess the presence of arterial blockages.

Is there a Blood Test for Peripheral Artery Disease?

Currently, there isn't a specific blood test for diagnosing peripheral artery disease. However, blood tests may be ordered to assess certain risk factors associated with the condition, such as cholesterol levels, diabetes, and inflammation markers.

What’s Involved in the ABI Test for PAD?

One of the most common screening tests for PAD is the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test. 

During this non-invasive procedure, blood pressure measurements are taken at the ankles and arms using a blood pressure cuff and a Doppler ultrasound device. The ABI is calculated by dividing the systolic blood pressure at the ankle by the systolic blood pressure in the arm. 

A lower ABI value indicates poorer blood flow to the legs, suggesting the presence of PAD.

Other PAD Diagnostic Tests

In addition to the ABI test, healthcare providers may recommend other diagnostic tests to evaluate the extent and severity of PAD. 

These tests may include:

Schedule a PAD Screening Test in Atlanta 

Screening PAD doesn’t have to be time-consuming and invasive.

If you're at risk of PAD or experiencing symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, or numbness, scheduling a PAD screening test is essential. 

At Georgia Endovascular in Atlanta, we offer comprehensive diagnostic services, including ABI testing, duplex ultrasound, and advanced imaging techniques to diagnose PAD and develop personalized treatment plans accurately. 

Don't wait until symptoms worsen—take proactive steps to protect your vascular health. Contact us today to schedule a PAD screening test and take control of your arterial health.

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