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What are the tests for peripheral arterial disease?
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Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree
In brief: Tests
Typically a screening test is an ABI (ankle brachial index).
Follow up tests are typically a duplex ultrasound of your leg.

In brief: Tests
Typically a screening test is an ABI (ankle brachial index).
Follow up tests are typically a duplex ultrasound of your leg.
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Symptoms are the key
Changes in blood flow can be detected with an arterial doppler, ultrasound, MRI and even ct.
However, just because there is narrowing of the arteries detecetd on these tests does not mean pad exists. Pad means that there is pain, ulcers, loss of function or gangrene due to poor arterial flow. They are related but having poor arteries does not guarantee pad symptoms...Fortunately.

In brief: Symptoms are the key
Changes in blood flow can be detected with an arterial doppler, ultrasound, MRI and even ct.
However, just because there is narrowing of the arteries detecetd on these tests does not mean pad exists. Pad means that there is pain, ulcers, loss of function or gangrene due to poor arterial flow. They are related but having poor arteries does not guarantee pad symptoms...Fortunately.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Christopher White
Disagree. An abnormal Ankle Brachial Index (<0.9) is diagnostic of PAD. Most PAD patients are asymptomatic. Should have LDL to goal.
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many tests
Doctor will usually start with ultrasound-ankle brachial index followed by segmental pressures, then maybe a cta/mra, with the last test an angiogram.
The doctor wlll also test for htn, high lipids, diabetes, smoking, inactive lifestyle, and other risk factors.

In brief: Many tests
Doctor will usually start with ultrasound-ankle brachial index followed by segmental pressures, then maybe a cta/mra, with the last test an angiogram.
The doctor wlll also test for htn, high lipids, diabetes, smoking, inactive lifestyle, and other risk factors.
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
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Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
In brief: Arterial Doppler
The most common test to order when evaluating for pad is an arterial doppler which will detect the flow of blood in the lower extremity.
Once this is completed is can help determine what other tests if any need to be ordered.

In brief: Arterial Doppler
The most common test to order when evaluating for pad is an arterial doppler which will detect the flow of blood in the lower extremity.
Once this is completed is can help determine what other tests if any need to be ordered.
Dr. Adam Teichman
Dr. Adam Teichman
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