Peripheral Vascular Disease:
ABI (ANKLE BRACHIAL INDEX)ABI is a quick non-invasive way to assess your risk for peripheral vascular disease, a condition in which the arteries in your legs and ankles are narrowed. People with PVD are at higher risk for heart attack, stroke and poor circulation.
The ankle brachial index test compares your blood pressure measured at your ankles with your blood pressure at your arm. A low ABI number can indicate narrowing or blockage of the arteries in your legs, leading to circulatory problems, heart disease and stroke.
You should have this test if you are age 50 or older and have any of these risk factors for PVD:
- Overweight (BMI 25 or greater)
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol