Why should a patient get a PAD screening? [Dr. Shams]

Q: Why should a patient get a PAD screening?

A: I think a person would be wise to take advantage of a free PAD screening. PAD has been found to occur in up to 5% of the population in patients who are over 65, yet it’s generally under-diagnosed. Most primary care physicians are not aware of PAD, they don’t know how to diagnose it. It is sometimes misdiagnosed as infection, gout, or back problems. So it’s definitely a disease that is under-reported and therefore if you get a screening and if it is positive, there’s an easy treatment for it that can help you to relieve the symptoms.
More videos from the interview with Dr. Shams of the Lower Manhattan Endovascular Center as he explains the warning signs of Peripheral Artery Disease: 

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