Ankle brachial index (ABI)

This test allows for non-invasive monitoring of moderately advanced vascular disease. It measures the ratio between the blood pressure in the arm and the ankle arteries, to ascertain risk of heart attack and blockages in leg arteries.

This can also be done as a stress test, where you have an initial test and then you will repeat the test after completing a short bout of exercise as sometimes blockages show up after exercise.

This test should be repeated 6 monthly to assess response to treatment.

Procedure

The ABI test takes approximately 20 minutes.

It involves blood pressure cuffs being placed around both ankles and both arms and inflated at the same time, while the patient is laying down, the measurement is taken twice.

If you are having a stress ABI you will be retested after a bout of exercise such as some time on an exercise bike or stepping up and down on a stair.

Results are available immediately for discussion with Dr Hayter.

Who should have this test?

  • Healthy individuals seeking to get the most out of life
  • Patients with:
    • Heart disease
    • A family history of heart disease
    • High cholesterol
    • Issues from being overweight
    • Diabetes

Preparation

Wear loose fitting clothing

Cost $100 (Medicare rebate may apply)

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