We promote early diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease and offer a full range of diagnostic tests, including the ankle-brachial index, vascular ultrasound, and non-invasive vascular imaging. Patients who are diagnosed early can benefit from the many treatment options available.
In addition, since peripheral vascular disease may be an indicator of severe coronary or neurovascular disease, early diagnosis may help prevent a life-threatening cardiac event or stroke.
The most reliable non-invasive diagnostic test is the ankle-brachial index (ABI), which screens for peripheral vascular disease and helps define its severity.
The 15-minute test uses a Doppler stethoscope to determine the ratio of the systolic blood pressure reading in the ankle to that in the arm (obtained the traditional way).
The American Diabetes Association recommends ABI screening in everyone with diabetes over age 50.
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