Typical Symptoms of PAD
- Claudication (pain while walking)
- Resting leg discomfort
- Extremity trauma
- Lower extremity embolism or thrombosis
PAD Risk Factors
It’s important to note that over 50% of patients with PAD do not present with the typical symptoms listed above. The presence of risk factors strongly supports wider screening for at-risk populations.
American College of Cardiology Guidelines
- Age > 65, or
- Age > 50 w/smoking, hyptertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, or PAD family history
- Diminished or absent lower extremity pulses and/or arterial bruit
- Non-healing lower- extremity wounds
- Known other atherosclerotic disease1
PAD and Heart Disease
Studies have shown that if a patient has coronary artery disease (CAD), there is a 20% chance they have PAD. More importantly, if they have PAD, there is an 80% chance they have CAD.