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/.