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Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) In Atlanta

This is a simple test used to screen for the presence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or impaired arterial circulation. This test uses four blood pressure cuffs to compare the pressures in the arms and legs. A lower blood pressure in either leg compared to those in the arms may suggest the presence of PAD. Patients with PAD often have pain, burning, or cramping in the calf, thighs, or buttocks that limits their ability to walk or exercise.

The presence of PAD is an important predictor of an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Therefore, the ABI test is a fast, noninvasive way to screen for cardiovascular disease, especially in patients who experience leg pain during increased activity.