Heart attacks that strike young women
Learn about SCAD heart attacks that strike young women. Our experts explains why this type of heart attack differs in diagnosis and treatment.
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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