This is our third and last article in the series. Enjoy the first two articles here- Why So Many PAD Cases
Go Undiagnosed?
andTop 6 Things That Put You At Risk For PAD.

Initial diagnosis

In most cases, PAD is initially diagnosed by measuring blood pressure in the ankles and arms, then
calculating the patient’s Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test. Patients with PAD will have a reduced ABI
number. Severity of flow restrictions can be accurately assessed with advanced ultrasound technology.

Treatment options available to the patients include:

  • Modification of cardiovascular risk factors such as quit smoking, manage diabetes, exercise
    more frequently, change of diet, etc.
  • Stent angioplasty for progressed forms of PAD
  • Blood pressure management
  • Aggressive cholesterol control
  • Medication

PAD treatment goals and latest research

The treatment goal of PAD should include symptom relief with: exercise, smoking cessation, secondary
preventions like stent angioplasty and, exercise and lifestyle modifications. Current research focuses on
the minimally invasive procedures, allowing patients with progressed PAD relief from their leg pain. Due
to the fact that minimally invasive treatment can be performed in an outpatient clinic, the patient can
return home the same day without spending time and money at a hospital.
USA Vascular Centers delivers multi-disciplinary PAD care with a team of experts from vascular
medicine, vascular surgery, interventional radiology, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional
cardiology. Besides performing non-surgical procedures when necessary, their experts also use
medications and lifestyle therapies to treat PAD, thus relieving the patients of other associated risks like
stroke and heart attack. If you are interested in scheduling an arterial consultation, please feel free to
contact us at (855) 514-6149 or visit our website www.usvascularcenters.com for further details.