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what's an ankle-brachial index test involve?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
13 years experience Podiatry
ABIs: The ankle brachial index is a ratio of the blood pressure of the arm and of the ankle. The test is simple and noninvasive. Many times we also take further measurements of the pulse volume of the calves, thighs and toes. Toe pressure and tbis (the ratio of the arm and toe pressures) may also be included.
Answered on Jun 8, 2015
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Taking the : Pressure in the ankle then the arm. Ankle/arm. Normal is 1.0 greater than one is often indicative of calcified vessels. Less than .9 and it starts to be indicative of problems with blood flow.
Answered on Sep 25, 2012

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Ankle Brachial Index: We generally order this test on people whom have a past medical or social history that places them at risk for peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or pe ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
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0.9-1.3 is normal: I hope you are not a doctor. Abi is the ratio of blood pressure in the ankle - as compared to blood pressure in the brachial artery. > 1.3 suggest ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
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A vasular: Surgeon is the one to see. Your family doctor may be able to order this test at the hospitals xray department.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Yes: An ABI, tests arterial blood flow into the legs by comparing to the flow in the arms. The normal ratio is one. This test would not be anticipated to ... Read More

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