Peripheral Arterial Disease/ABI Screening
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is more commonly known as hardening of the arteries. PAD 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.
Watch our video now to see how we perform the PAD screening, or ABI screening, so you know exactly what to expect.
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 PAD screening
Anyone who has risk factors for PAD should have the ABI screening.
How often to get the PAD 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.
How to prepare
When you go for your PAD/ABI screening, remember:
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt or blouse.
- Do not wear pantyhose.