Leg artery ultrasound for peripheral artery disease
Peripheral artery disease or peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a common cause of leg pain that may be brought on by walking, cold feet and ulcers.
A leg artery ultrasound takes between 30 and 60 minutes. The leg and stomach will need to be uncovered for some of this time. We will send instructions on what you can and can’t eat drink before the scan.
What are the risk factors?
Risk factors for this disease include:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Lack of exercise
- Family history
- Increasing age.
What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
What treatments are available for PAD?
Knowing the risk factors is essential for managing PAD. This will include stopping smoking. It will also mean managing high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, as well as having a healthy lifestyle. This is all together with a balanced diet and regular exercise. In people who suffer from lifestyle-limiting intermittent claudication Treatment with stents or sometimes surgical bypass may be needed.
In people who suffer from severe blood flow restriction, treatment is often urgent. Further, treatment may be with stents or sometimes surgical bypass.