How is Peripheral Arterial Disease diagnosed? [Dr. Abadir]

Q: How is Peripheral Arterial Disease diagnosed?

A: Peripheral Arterial Disease is typically diagnosed when these symptoms are described to either a primary care doctor or a vascular specialist like myself. Once we suspect there is trouble with the arteries, we conduct a series of simple tests.

First, we check the blood pressure in the arms and legs. Blood pressure in the leg that is lower than in the arm indicates a blockage of blood flow. This result, combined with a careful physical examination, where we check the pulses in the arms and legs, can give us further information as to the severity of the Peripheral Arterial Disease. We can also perform an ultrasound in order to see the blood vessels, measure the blood flow, and determine if there’s any reduction in blood flow compared to normal. Once we’ve established the fact that there is a decrease in blood flow, either to one leg or to other parts of the body, we determine a treatment plan.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Abadir of the Fishkill Endovacular Center as he explains the risk factors and treatments of Peripheral Arterial Disease.