Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Ultrasound

This test is done by using a doppler probe (ultrasound) measuring blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. Measurements can be repeated at both sites after 5 minutes of walking on a treadmill. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) result is used to predict the severity of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

A slight drop in your ABI with exercise means that you probably have PAD. This drop may be important because PAD can be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. ABI testing is performed in: Elyria (NOH), Lorain (NOH) and Sandusky (NOH).

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