ABI Test for Peripheral Artery Disease
Blog posts on Peripheral Artery Disease are all written from my own personal experience with this disease.
One Test for Peripheral Artery Disease is the Ankle Brachial Index Pressure Test
What is the Ankle Brachial Index test or ABI. What Happens and Does it hurt?
The ABI or Ankle Brachial Index test is a non invasive test. As simple as taking your blood pressure.
Performed when a low blood pressure pulse has been detected in the legs or feet.This can be a symptom of a blocked Artery in your leg.
Can also be found in your arms.
Ankle Brachial Index Pressure Test is a Test for Peripheral Artery Disease.
Put simply the blood pressure pulse at your ankles is measured against the blood pressure pulse in the upper arm.
This is done using a blood pressure cuff, you will feel pressure, and a small hand held ultrasound device Dopler Ultrasound, to which a gel has been applied. Sound waves now produce images.
Preparation For The Ankle Brachial Index test
Wear comfortable clothing that gives easy access for the blood pressure cuff at your upper arm and ankles: and really that is all.
Generally the ABI pressure test is performed in a Radiology clinic.
The patient lies on their back on a narrow bed/table.