• Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Test

    The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test evaluates leg blood flow by comparing ankle and arm blood pressure. A technician measures blood pressure in both areas using a cuff and ultrasound. A normal ABI ranges from 0.9 to 1.3. Lower values may signal leg artery blockage, indicating peripheral artery disease (PAD), while higher values may suggest artery stiffness. This non-invasive test helps diagnose circulation issues in the legs, guiding necessary treatment to prevent complications.


    NOTE: An ABI Test can give a FALSE normal result if:


    1. You have diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease

    2. Heavy calcification in your arteries.

    If you have diabetes and/or are experiencing pain or cramping in your calf region.


    If you have a normal result and you still have leg pain/cramping:

    Say, "Hey Doctor, please order me a Duplex Ultrasound to make sure I don't have heavy calcification giving us a false normal result."

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