Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI)
What is ABPI?
ABPI measures blood pressure in the ankle and compares it to the pressure in the arm’s brachial artery. By calculating the ratio, ABPI provides insights into the blood flow and vascular health of the lower extremities. It is a painless test conducted using a Doppler ultrasound device.
The Value and Importance of ABPI
Early Detection and Diagnosis: ABPI is a vital screening tool for early detection and diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), enabling timely intervention and improved outcomes.
Assessment of Disease Severity: ABPI quantifies blood flow in the lower limbs, helping healthcare professionals assess the severity of PAD and the possibility of a lack of blood supply in the lower limbs.
Guiding Treatment Decisions: ABPI assists in determining appropriate treatment strategies, including lifestyle modifications, and advises on medical or surgical interventions if needed.
Predicting Cardiovascular Risk: ABPI serves as an indicator of overall cardiovascular health, aiding in predicting the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other vascular events.
Easy Access and Affordability: ABPI is a non-invasive, accessible, and cost-effective vascular scan, making it convenient for patients and healthcare providers.