If you are at risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), it’s recommended to get a vascular screening every year!
All vascular screenings will be provided at no charge by Coastal Vascular Specialists and Dr. Jerry Niedzwiecki, M.D.
(PAD) Peripheral Artery Disease is a condition where deposits, called calcium or plaque, build up over time on the inside walls of the arteries in your legs. This build up causes the arteries to narrow, reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.
Who should have a vascular screening?
• Anyone with risk factors or symptoms
The most common symptom of PAD is called claudication, which is leg pain that occurs when walking or exercising and disappears when the person stops the activity, pain in the legs or feet that awaken you at night
Leg numbness or weakness
Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
A change in the color of your legs
Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
Slower growth of your toenails
Shiny skin on your legs
No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
Pain that gets worse when you stand and subsides when you raise your legs
Aching, throbbing, or a feeling of heaviness in your legs
Thickening of the skin on your legs or ankles
A feeling of tightness in your calves
How often should I get a vascular screening?
• Annually, if you are at risk
How do I prepare for a vascular screening?
• If possible, wear shorts and a short-sleeve shirt or blouse
• Do not wear pantyhose
What happens during a screening?
Step 1: Is a quick, easy and non-invasive test that starts with a visual and verbal screening .
Step 2: If at the end of this PAD vascular screening you and the doctor come to the conclusion you are at risk for arterial or venous disease, then our staff will review your benefits with your insurance provider. This allows us to help you understand what your coverage would be should we need to move forward with more diagnostic testing or any procedures.
The vascular screening is NOT a complete diagnosis. We may need to conduct an ultrasound in order for our physician to determine what underlying medical condition may be causing your symptoms.
Call 727-888-2324 now to schedule your free consultation.