Take a look at these Risk Factors:
Did you know that smoking is the single greatest risk factor for developing peripheral arterial disease. Some studies have shown a 30-50% increased risk of PAD in smokers.
Over time, high blood pressure can cause harm to the walls of blood vessels leading to hardening and narrowing. It is also a known risk factor for aneurysm formation.
When circulating levels of cholesterol are elevated, this can lead to atherosclerosis or hardening/narrowing of the arteries. This can slow down or prevent blood flow.
Diabetes is a major risk factor for developing arterial disease to the legs. Some studies have shown one in three diabetics over the age of 50 have PAD.
A sedentary lifestyle can often lead to serious medical conditions. Regular exercise can help avoid intervention for those with symptomatic PAD.
As we get older, and as a result of our genetic make up, some people may be more likely to develop peripheral arterial disease.
Know the common risk factors and when to see a Vascular Specialist
In addition to a clinical assessment and physical examination, most vascular conditions are diagnosed with a non-invasive imaging test, like an ultrasound.