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Should I be screened for vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral artery disease (PAD), occurs when blood vessels that supply blood to the limbs and organs are partially or completely blocked by the build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis). Plaque deposits gradually harden and narrow the vessels, which limits the supply of oxygen to the legs and other parts of the body. Screening for PVD can detect early signs of the disease so it can be treated to prevent further damage.

Risk Factors For PVD

How do you know if you are at risk for PVD?

Some people have a greater risk of developing PVD than others. To learn if you are at risk, check all of the following statements which apply:

I am 50 years or older.
I have a family history of heart disease, vascular disease or stroke.
I have high cholesterol levels or I am taking medication for high cholesterol.
I have high blood pressure or I am taking medication for high blood pressure.
I have diabetes.
I have had a stroke.
I currently am or was a smoker.
I am obese.
I live a sedentary lifestyle (I exercise less than 30 minutes per day).

Options to Request an Appointment

If your situation is an emergency, call 911.