An ABI test, also known as an ankle-brachial index test, is a quick test that checks for peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD causes reduced blood flow in the arteries. It leads to pain and numbness in your legs. It even increases your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. If you live in West Monroe, LA, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center can help you with medical conditions related to the heart. Keep reading to learn more about the ABI test.
What Happens During the ABI Test?
During an ABI test, you lie on your back as a medical professional takes your blood pressure in your arms and legs. The medical professional uses an inflatable cuff and an ultrasound device that is placed on your skin. Finally, the medical professional decides the blood pressure from the artery in your ankle by the blood pressure from the artery in your arm. The reading determines if you have peripheral artery disease. This test usually takes only ten to twenty minutes.
When Will Your Doctor Recommend an ABI Test?
Your doctor may decide to give you an ABI test if you:
- experience pain when you walk
- have high cholesterol
- have high blood pressure
- use or have a history of using tobacco
- have restricted blood flow in other areas of your body
- have diabetes
How Do You Prepare for Your ABI Test?
If you're going to have an ABI test, wear loose clothing so the medical professional has access to your limbs.
What Happens After Your ABI Test?
After the ABI test is complete, you can return to your normal activities. Speak with your West Monroe, LA, doctor about your test results. He or she may decide you need additional testing such as an arteriogram or MRI. Your doctor will also discuss lifestyle changes you should make in order to improve your health.
Schedule Your Appointment
Do you live in West Monroe, LA, and need a cardiologist? Dr. Virginia Gonzalez and her experienced staff can help with all your cardiology needs. Schedule your appointment by giving us a call at (318) 338-3540. We have two locations--West Monroe, LA, and Winnsboro, LA.