How do physicians find out whether I have peripheral artery disease of the calf?

Ultrasound. A general idea of vascular disease can be assessed on a physical exam (pulse exam, capillary refill, temperature, color of skin, non-healing wounds) and history (pain at rest, claudication). However an arterial duplex scan (ultrasound) is the most objective way to evaluate someone for peripheral vascular disease.
History. The first step is the history and then is the physical exam. Based upon this most physicians can figure it out but if necessary there are noninvasive tests that can help out as well. Start with your family physician and the see a vascular surgeon if needed.

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If I have peripheral artery disease (pad), will I have a heart attack?

Higher risk. If you have peripheral artery disease (pad). You are at a much higher risk of both heart attack and stroke than someone who does not. That is because the same build-up in the arteries of a fatty substance called plaque that is a cause of peripheral artery disease is also a cause of heart attack and stroke. Read more...

Is there a relationship between peripheral artery disease and epinephrine levels?

No. No, there is no relationship between Epinephrine and vascular disease. However, Epinephrine does increase peripheral vascular resistance. It does this by causing all the little muscles in the arteries and capillaries to clamp down. This increases someone's blood pressure. Read more...
Assoc w PVD. Never heard or read of an assoc between PVD and Epinephrine levels. Read more...