Our bodies are made up of a complex system of blood vessels.

Damage to these vessels can cause lifestyle limiting symptoms.

And in some cases, this can lead to life or limb-threatening conditions.

Even without experiencing any symptoms, some vascular conditions can still be life-threatening.

You may be due for a non-invasive screening ultrasound study.

Know the 6 common risk factors and when to be screened for vascular disease.

Smoking

Smoking

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.
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Hypertension

Hypertension

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.
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Cholesterol

Cholesterol

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.
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Diabetes

Diabetes

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.
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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle can often lead to serious medical conditions. Regular exercise can help avoid intervention for those with symptomatic PAD.
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Age

Age

As we get older, and as a result of our genetic make up, some people may be more likely to develop peripheral arterial disease.
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