Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
The most common symptom of
PAD is pain and cramping in the legs, called intermittent claudication. If your legs cramp after walking short distances, your doctor may want to look for disease in the arteries that supply your legs. The physical exam usually consists of looking at your feet, and feeling for pulses in your legs and feet. Tests may include:
You will also be evaluated for accompanying problems, such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, and
elevated levels of cholesterol and other blood fats.