What is the purpose of an Ankle/Brachial Index?
An Ankle/Brachial Index test is used to screen for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Peripheral vascular disease affects a large portion of the general population, more so in patients with known cardiac disease. You may have talked to your physician about swelling, redness, pain or cramping you are experiencing when you exercise or even while at rest. This pain can be intermittent or constant.
How long will the test take?
The total amount of time this test will take is approximately one-half hour.
How should I prepare for my test?
No preparation is necessary.
What will I experience during the test?
Blood pressure cuffs are placed in various positions on your arms and legs and pressures are taken in these areas. The patient may experience some discomfort during the inflation of each cuff, similar to when a standard blood pressure measurement is taken.