Family Physicians of Spartanburg performs ankle brachial index (ABI) monitoring services onsite at the point-of-care and are administered by our highly trained team. We utilize ABI testing and monitoring to check for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition in which the arteries in your legs or arms are narrowed.
What is Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Monitoring?
Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) compares blood pressure in the arms (brachial measurement) with blood pressure in the ankle. If circulatory problems exist, such as arterial blockage or an aneurysm, the pressure readings will differ significantly. Monitoring is particularly important for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or conditions such as diabetes, which can challenge normal circulation.
Why You Need ABI Testing & Monitoring
If you are age 50 and older or your provider suspects you have any of the following PAD risk factors such as:
- Being a current or former smoker
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
If you’ve already been diagnosed with PAD, your provider may recommend having an ankle-brachial index test and continued monitoring to gauge the progress of your treatment or if your condition has worsened.
If you have any of the PAD symptoms or have been previously diagnosed with PAD, we encourage you to contact our team today and let us assist with you and your family’s health.