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

Vascular Ultrasound

In addition to a clinical assessment and physical examination, most vascular conditions are diagnosed with a non-invasive imaging test, like an ultrasound.

You may be due from a one-time screening ultrasound!