This is a 30 minute test for poor blood circulation that may lead to heart attack or stroke. It is performed without injections or needles.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is more commonly known as hardening of the arteries. Peripheral arterial disease screening is done by using the ankle-brachial index (ABI). This ABI screening is painless, quick, and non-invasive. It will identify most cases of peripheral arterial disease. What you can learn The ankle-brachial index measures the ratio between the pressure in your arms and that in your legs. This ratio indicates how well blood flows to the legs. A ratio of less than 0.90 indicates plaque buildup and possible peripheral arterial disease. A ratio of 0.90 or greater is considered normal. The ABI screening is simple and painless. After removing your socks and shoes, you will have pressure cuffs placed around your upper arms and ankles. A small ultrasound device will then measure the systolic blood pressures in your limbs. Who should have peripheral arterial disease screening Anyone who has risk factors for PAD should have the ABI screening. Are you at risk? Find out. How often to get the peripheral arterial disease screening This is a personal decision based on your risk factors and previous screening results. Many of our customers have an annual ABI screening for PAD as part of their regular healthcare regimen.
Dr. Steingart will offer this test to all patients undergoing total joint procedures to the lower extremity. Also he will offer this test to patients who have symptoms related to arterial blockage.Created on: 03/10/11