The InterCare Vascular Diagnostic Center provides the ABIgram procedure to measure the ankle-brachial blood pressure ratio or ankle-arm index for assessment of lower extremity arterial occlusive disease.
The InterCare Vascular Diagnostic Center simplifies the process of measuring the ABI by eliminating the need for Doppler equipment.
Arterial diseases, such as coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease and peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD), are common in the primary care setting. These diseases often co-exist in the same patient. Patients with PAOD are at risk for other atherosclerotic diseases such as carotid artery stenosis.
The ankle/brachial index, which measures the ratio of lower and upper extremity blood pressure, is a significant predictor of cardiovascular events and stroke.The overall rate of cardiovascular morbidity increases significantly in patients with low ankle-brachial indexes.
The ABIgram uses the pressure measurements to calculate three ankle / brachial indexes. The minimum ankle / brachial Index is the minimum ankle pressure divided by the maximum brachial pressure. The right ABI is equal to the right ankle pressure divided by the maximum brachial pressure. And the left ABI is equal to the left ankle pressure divided by the maximum brachial pressure.