• I THINK I HAVE PAD, NOW WHAT?

     

    We are here to help!

    You'll find info on this page about:

     

    1) Survey of symptoms to take to your doctor

    2) tests that can help diagnose PAD

    3) downloadable questions you can ask your Doctor about PAD

    Second, your doctor is likely to order tests to confirm diagnosis.

    Say, "Hey, Doctor, Please measure the blood flow in my legs."

    Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Test

    It compares the blood flow in the legs to that in the arms using multiple blood pressure cuffs strategically placed on the arms and legs.

    NOTE: An ABI Test can give a FALSE normalresult if:

     

    1. You have diabetes.

    2. Heavy calcification in your arteries.

    If you have diabetes and/or are experiencing pain or cramping in your calf region.

     

    If you have a negative result and you still have leg pain/cramping:

    Say, "Hey Doctor, please order me a Duplex Ultrasound to make sure I don't have heavy calcification giving us a false normal result."

    Duplex Ultrasound

    It compares the blood flow in the legs to that in the arms using multiple blood pressure cuffs strategically placed on the arms and legs.

    Normal test results indicate that you have no narrowing or blockages in your arteries. It also means that the blood pressure in your arteries is normal.

     

    Abnormal blood flow patterns, including narrowing or closing of the arteries, can indicate a blockage in the arteries.

     

    Depending on the result, a doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications to improve blood flow natural, a CT scan, and/or a minimally-invasive exam called an angiogram.

    CT Scan/CT Angiogram (CTA)​

    This gives doctors a better look inside your vessels under xray. Ask your doctor if he/she has a 256 Slice CT Scan. This may include an injection of contrast fluid into your vessels

    The 256-slice CT scanner takes only one second to scan the entire heart providing more information with each rotation -- compared to four rotations with a 64-slice CT scanner, or 16 rotations with a 16-slice CT scanner.

     

    This scanner offers considerable advantages to our patients as it allows scans to be completed in a shorter time. At Advanced Imaging, we care about producing high quality CT images at low radiation dose to the patient

    Angiogram​

    When your doctors confirm you have a blockage that likely needs treated, this procedure, which involves light to heavy sedation, is performed under xray, where doctors use an access port, called an introducer, to insert contrast fluid to highlight your arteries & veins. During the procedure, they may insert wires, catheters, balloons, and atherectomy (plaque removal) devices to restore blood flow.

    Note: If a doctor offers an Angiogram before performing a Duplex Ultrasound - RED FLAG!

     

    If a doctor can't assess where the blockage is using a Duplex Ultrasound and/or CT Scan and provide possible treatment plans prior to an Angiogram - RED FLAG!

     

    Angiogram should only be performed once you and your doctor discuss therapy (treatment) options such as balloon angioplasty, atherectomy (removal of plaque), thrombectomy (removal of blood clots), stenting, etc.

  • Downloadable/Printable Questions

    Sometimes knowing or remembering what questions to ask your Doctor can seem daunting in an already nerve-wracking moment. We've done the hard work for you and have made some downloadable/printable questions you can bring with you to your next appointment! We do suggest you read or skim over the questions so you're more familiar with them and will be more comfortable when asking.

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