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Preparing for an ABI Test

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

An ankle-brachial index (ABI) test is a quick, safe, and noninvasive screening used to assess a patient’s risk of having peripheral artery disease or other conditions that can cause poor blood flow in the lower limbs. During an ABI test, the patient’s blood pressure is measured at the ankle and upper arm using a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff) and ultrasound. The two numbers are then compared to calculate a ratio that correlates to the risk of having a lower extremity arterial disease. Patients do not have to do much to prepare for an ABI test. You may be asked to avoid heavy exercise or stimulants for an hour prior to the test and to wear loose clothing. To learn more about ABI tests, speak with your podiatrist today. 

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Todd A. Bell, DPM from Connecticut. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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