Find out if you are at risk for PAD
According to the American Heart Association, people with Type 2 Diabetes have a higher risk of developing atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. People that have both Type 2 Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease are four times more likely to require amputation. Smokers are at a higher risk than non-smokers of developing peripheral artery disease and they report and lower quality of life than non-smokers that have PAD.
Take the Modern Vascular Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Quiz to determine if you may be at risk. This quiz considers risk factors that have been established by the American Heart Association for PAD. If the value of your score is greater than 10 on this assessment, then it indicates that you may be at greater risk for Peripheral Artery Disease.
Know the Symptoms
Many people that have PAD don’t experience any symptoms. However, they can present and get worse over time. It is best to get PAD treated early to prevent the risk of symptoms worsening and complications presenting. The following are some of the symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease:
- Claudication, or leg pain during exercise.
- Leg weakness or numbness.
- Foot wounds or sores that do not heal.
- Slower growth of the hair or nails on legs and feet.
- Legs and feet are discolored.
- The pulse is lower in the feet or legs.
PAD Risk Factors
There are some risk factors that can indicate an increased risk in developing PAD. There is the possibility of controlling some of these factors with lifestyle modifications or by taking medication. However, some of them are out of your control. Here are the risk factors:
- Type 2 Diabetes.
- High Cholesterol.
- Increase age.
These are only some of the risk factors for PAD. Please speak with a doctor if you have any of the risk factors and are experiencing any of the symptoms of peripheral artery disease. You can use this PAD risk assessment quiz to determine the extent of your risk based on your selections. You will be provided with a score and advice on what you can do if you are determined to be high risk.
This quiz is made available as a tool to help people determine their risk level for peripheral artery disease. It is not a substitute for medical advice. Please see a doctor for a full diagnosis.