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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a serious condition that occurs when blood flow through the arteries is decreased due to the build-up of plaque along the arterial walls. This narrowing of the arteries is referred to as atherosclerosis. PAD most commonly occurs in the legs, feet, and toes. It is estimated that approximately 27 million people in North America and Europe are affected with PAD.

Persons who suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Additionally, if left untreated, PAD can lead to critical limb ischemia. Critical limb ischemia (CLI) occurs when not enough blood is being delivered to the leg to sustain the tissue. Patients who suffer from CLI are at risk of amputation of the toes, feet, and legs.

Although anyone can develop Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), patients with diabetes are among those with the highest risk of developing the condition. However, according to a consensus statement issued by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), many diabetics fail to be diagnosed with PAD due to a lack of symptoms. As a result, in the US, the ADA now urges PAD screening for all diabetic patients over the age of 50 and those under 50 who have other risk factors.

Koven Technology Canada is dedicated to the early assessment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). We offer a wide range of noninvasive vascular Dopplers for performing reimbursable vascular arterial studies such as Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) and Segmental Pressures. We also recommend and support the use of PPG toe pressures to assess PAD in patients with unsuspected lower extremity vascular disease and in diabetic patients when vessel calcification may result in falsely elevated ankle pressures. PPG for toe pressures and PV modules for Pulse Volume Recordings (PVR) are available for many of our non-invasive Dopplers.

Signs & Symptoms

Intermittent claudication
Cold pallid limbs
Hair loss on legs or feet
Slow wound healing
Changes in the nails on toes
Numbness or tingling in the toes, feet, or legs
Risk Factors

High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)
Family history
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