The A.B.I. Test, Why We Need It

Do you suffer from poor circulation? Many patients are worried with poor circulation. Is there something such as that? What most patients might call poor circulation are the results of two medical conditions:

  1. 1. Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD
  2. 2. Venous Insufficiency or Varicose Veins.
The signs and symptoms are very similar but your physician will know how to differentiate the two.

What Is The A.B.I Test?

A.B.I. stands for ankle-brachial index and simply means a score obtained by comparing the blood pressure of both legs with that of both arms. The result will give you an indication of the presence of arterial disease. If the results are not normal, it means that you are at greater risk for:

  1. 1. Strokes
  2. 2. Heart Attacks
  3. 3. Amputations
  4. 4. Sudden death.
Following your test, the doctor will be in a better position to advise you regarding precautions to take, life-style changes and to prescribe any medication that may be appropriate for you.

The T.B.I. Test

Your doctor may offer to perform the T.B.I. test instead of the A.B.I. test. T.B.I stands for Toe-Brachial Index and is the score comparing the blood pressure in the toes with that of the arms. Therefore the T.B.I. test is a variant of the A.B.I. test. In fact it has to be shown to be more reliable in the following patients:

  1. 1. Diabetics
  2. 2. Kidney Failure patients
  3. 3. Aged 70 years and over.
The A.B.I Test And Venous Insufficiency

Your A.B.I. test result is also very important if you have varicose veins or venous insufficiency. The result will determine if you also have associated arterial problems or not. A normal A.B.I. or T.B.I. means that you can be prescribed anti-embolic or medical stockings. If the results are not normal, your physician is now in a better position to make a proper recommendation of treating your varicose veins or other circulatory symptoms that you may be experiencing.

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