Understanding and identifying Peripheral Artery Disease

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Early diagnosis can change lives in the case of Peripheral Artery Disease.

That is a condition that involves cholesterol buildup in arteries and blood vessels of the legs.

It influences people’s ability to walk and can put you at risk for amputation, heart attack and stroke.

If you go into a clinic, physicians can identify it early.

“Taking off the shoes and socks, doing a foot exam, feeling the pulses,” said Dr. Amy Pollak, a Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist.

Mayo doctors say an anti-brachial index test can also help identify circulation issues.

That is done by comparing blood pressure in someone’s ankle to that in their arm.

By taking time to get that diagnosis, a health care team can help you get it treated quicker.

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