A Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) consultation is typically requested by your primary care provider or another specialist seeking more information and/or input from a provider specialized in cardiovascular medicine. This consultation provides an overall assessment of blood flow in your lower extremities and possible treatment options and recommendations for further evaluation in regards to PAD. These evaluations include, but are not limited to, an Ankle-Brachial Index study or possible CAT Scans of your lower extremities. There may also be situations where you, your personal physician, or your cardiologist desire a confirmatory or second opinion.
Ankle Brachial Index with Segmental Blood Pressures
The ankle-brachial index test is a quick, noninvasive way to check your risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
How the Test is Performed
This test is completed in office using Doppler wave form readings and segmental blood pressure recordings.
How to Prepare for the Test
There is no special preparation for the test.
How the Test Will Feel
You will be asked to remove your clothes from the waist down, keeping undergarments on, and lie on an examination table on your back. A gel will be spread on your legs and then the transducer will be applied. You will feel a slight pressure on your legs from the transducer. You will then have blood pressure cuffs applied to both legs and may feel a slight squeezing sensation, similar to how blood pressure taken on your arms may feel.
Your preliminary results will be given immediately after the tests and then you will either follow up with you primary care provider or cardiologist for the final interpretation.