The new 2011 ACCF/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) were recently released from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. They recommend that the ABI (ankle/brachial index) exam should be used to establish lower extremity PAD diagnosis all individuals
- Age 65 and older
- Age 50 years or older with a history of smoking or diabetes
- Who have leg pain with walking
- Who have non-healing wounds
Peripheral Arterial Disease, also known as PAD, affects 8-12 million people in the United States, and is a common, yet serious, disease that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
PAD develops when the arteries are clogged with plaque made of cholesterol or other fatty materials, eventually resulting in severe leg pain or even amputation. However, almost half of people with PAD don’t even know they have it because they do not have symptoms!
The ABI test (ankle/brachial index) is a screening exam that is used for the diagnosis of PAD. It is a painless ultrasound exam that involves comparing the blood pressure in the ankle to the blood pressure in the arm.
Futura Health Screening offers this affordable screening exam for the low price of $45. No doctor’s referral is necessary. Call (425) 398-7797 or (866) 486-4882 to schedule a screening. If you have symptoms, such as leg pain or non-healing wounds, please ask your doctor about ordering this exam.
For more information about PAD and how to prevent it, please visit Futura’s website at http://www.futurahealthscreening.com/.
On July 30th, 2010, twelve Pacific Vascular and Futura Health Screening ultrasound technologists gave up their Saturday to participate in the 3rd annual Fiesta de Salud held in Yakima, WA.
Shea Kirschner, RVT performing ABI Exam
Thousands of people in this area cannot afford health insurance, but on this Saturday, many families were able to receive health services they desperately needed, all provided to them at no charge.
The Fiesta de Salud in a Multi-Cultural Health Fair that is sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital of Yakima, WA and their partners. Over 50 booths were set up by various healthcare providers and members of the community.
The goal was to provide health screening and information ranging from bicycle safety to early learning programs. The most popular booths provided valuable medical screening, information on nutrition, physical therapy, and social services.
The Pacific Vascular and Futura Health Screening exhibit was among the most active of the entire event. Our technologists provided free PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) screening to roughly 150 people. PAD is an under-diagnosed disease that affects 8-12 million Americans. PAD causes leg pain when walking and if untreated, can lead to gangrene, and possibly amputation. PAD is also a major marker for heart disease. If you have atherosclerosis (artery plaque build-up) in your legs, you are more likely to have blockages in your arteries in your heart, which can lead to a heart attack. PAD is also associated with increase risk of stroke.
Thanks to all of the technologists who gave up their weekend to provide free healthcare service during this valuable community event.
An Ankle/Brachial Index (ABI) is simple, non-invasive test to detect blocked arteries in your legs, called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It is estimated that 8-12 million Americans have PAD, yet only just over half complain of leg pain or other symptoms of PAD. If you are at risk, an ABI test is recommended. Early detection and risk factor modification can help eliminate future debiliating symptoms of PAD.
Here’s a video that shows the ABI test.
If you have been diagnosed with PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease), then lifestyle changes and/or balloon angioplasty and stenting may be recommended. We’ve posted a video where you can learn more.