Peripheral Artery Disease
Your health matters to us
An overarching goal of the National Health Co-op is to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions. That’s why we regularly review our patients’ files to identify individuals who may benefit from additional clinical support.
Peripheral artery disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a blood circulation disorder that causes the blood vessels outside of your heart and brain to narrow, block, or spasm. This can happen in your arteries or veins and can cause complications such as coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack and angina. A significant number of the Australian population do not realise that they have the early signs of PAD. Early detection of PAD through a simple test known as the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Study. Having this test done can allow you to access early health treatment and prevent future health complications.
You may be at risk of PAD if you:
- Are currently smoking or have recently stopped smoking
- Are overweight or obese
- Have cardiovascular disease
- Have history of peripheral artery disease
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol levels
- Are over 55 years of age
The National Health Co-op is offering its members ABI testing at our Coombs clinic, and consultations take just 45 minutes (30 minutes with the Nurse followed by a 15 minute appointment with the GP to discuss the results). Call us on (02) 6178 0400 to make an appointment.
More information on PAD is available here.