Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition in which the arteries supplying blood to the lower extremeties become clogged. This condition, more commonly known as "hardening of the arteries", causes reduced blood flow and poor circulation in the legs. PAD affects millions of people in the United States, most of which are not aware that they have the disease. Left untreated, peripheral arterial disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation or death.
HealthSmart Screening Services utilizes a quick, painless and non-invasive test known as the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to measure the ratio of blood pressures between your arms and legs. The ABI is conducted with blood pressure cuffs on the arms and ankles and will identify most cases of PAD.
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