Peripheral artery disease is a condition caused by plaque build-up in leg arteries that create a blockage in the blood vessels.
The symptoms of PAD include:
The basic test for PAD is an ankle-brachial index or ABI where the blood pressure in the arms are compared to the blood pressure in the legs. The other common test performed is an ultrasound of the leg blood vessels.
People with diabetes, those that smoke, have a history of high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are at the greatest risk of developing PAD.