Six ways to lower your blood pressure
From eating habits to exercise routines - there are several easy steps you can take to improve your heart health and lower your blood pressure.
The ankle-brachial index test is a painless exam that is used to diagnose peripheral arterial disease. The ankle-brachial index test compares blood flow in the ankles and arms, detecting poor circulation that can be caused by fatty plaque buildup. During the ankle-brachial index test, inflatable cuffs are used on your arms and ankles to measure your blood pressure. Once the cuffs are deflated, a Doppler ultrasound is also used on your ankle to listen to your arteries. To determine the ankle-brachial index, the systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading) of the ankle is divided by the systolic blood pressure of the arm. The simple ankle-brachial index test takes less than 15 minutes to perform at a physician’s office.
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