Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease may be progressing slowly and symptoms may go unnoticed particularly for those who are not walking enough to trigger the leg pain.

Depending on your medical history, your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and order some tests of the leg arteries to rule in (or rule out) Peripheral Artery Disease.

In case of critical limb ischemia these tests will be done urgently. Be sure to let your doctor know if you have had any symptoms, such as those listed above.

Among others, your doctor will check your pulse at your groin, behind your knee, on the inner ankle, and on the top of your foot.

Your pulse shows the strength of blood flow. An absent or weak pulse in these spots is a sign of Peripheral Artery Disease.

Diagnostic tests include:

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA

E-mail: info@vascularhealth.gr