Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when narrowed arteries restrict blood flow to the limbs. It is a major cause of limb loss in Singapore. However it does not receive as much attention as diseases involving the other vascular beds: namely, coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease. Yet, it is a good predictor of heart attack and stroke risk.
Doctors may prescribe imaging tests to verify the condition. These may include an echocardiogram, computerised tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
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