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      Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

      ABI (Ankle-Brachial Index)

      Ankle-Brachial Index North Haven CT

      The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) serves as a straightforward and dependable method for identifying Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). In essence, PAD entails a narrowing of blood vessels outside the heart, commonly affecting the legs but potentially impacting other regions of the body. Your physician will provide further insight into PAD if it is suspected or confirmed. Individuals experiencing leg discomfort or numbness may be potential candidates for testing.

      Undergoing an ABI test presents a valuable opportunity to ascertain the presence of PAD. Understanding whether PAD is present is crucial, as it can signify an increased risk of heart disease or stroke for affected patients.


      An ABI is a quick––approximately 30 minutes––non-invasive test that provides immediate results. There is no special preparation for the test, and you may eat, drink and take your normal medications and supplements on the day of the test.

      First, you will be asked to remove your socks or stockings. Then, a specially-trained CareMEDICA technician will place a blood pressure cuff on your leg and take measurements; they will simultaneously listen with a small probe to the artery in your leg. Once this process is done on each leg, the blood pressure in your arms will be measured using the same cuff.

      When the test is over, the technician will provide the results of the test to your physician who will discuss the findings and any treatment with you. Your doctor may refer you for further testing or prescribe medications based on the results of the ABI. 

      Patients who have a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) are not good candidates for an ABI test.


      Interested in being seen by a CareMEDICA provider? Call (203) 672-2800 for our Connecticut offices, and (561) 776-8890 for our Florida office. You can also schedule your appointment using our Healow portal:  Connecticut Portal   Florida Portal

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