Do you need to lower your risk of heart attack and
inexpensive test can help you decrease your risk of early disease and death!
The ABI screening takes only
Are you at risk for:
PVD - Peripheral Vascular Disease &
PAD - Peripheral Artery Disease?
ABI Screening Can Save Lives
If untreated, peripheral
vascular disease increases the risk of:
- Heart disease and heart
- Kidney artery
- Amputation or serious foot
and leg damage
Are You at High Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke, Kidney Disease or
If so, you can do something about it right now and prevent
and improve your circulation.
A simple test on your arms and ankles could fore warn you on heart and
It’s called an ankle brachial index or ABI. It’s used to detect poor blood flow in
your legs, which can be a symptom of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a narrowing of the arteries that is linked
to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and leg damage.
Why screening is important
Although the symptoms of PVD usually show up in the legs, the problem is rarely
restricted to that area.
PVD usually develops as a result of atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits in
the linings of vascular walls. People with PVD often have the same fatty buildup in other arteries too, such as
those in the heart, brain and kidneys, which raises the risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney
People with PVD are 4-5 times more likely to die of a heart attack. If left
untreated, PVD can also result in loss of feeling in the toes, feet and legs, gangrene and
PVD: Are you at risk?
Take this short quiz to see if you could be at risk for peripheral vascular
|1. Are you age 50 or
|2. Do you
|3. Do you have
|4. Do you have high blood
|5. Do you have high
|6. Do you have a family history of
heart disease or vascular (blood vessel) disease?
|7. Are you
|8. Are you sedentary with little or
|9. Are you African
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you could be at
risk for PVD. So be sure to obtain an ABI Screening and share your results with your doctor.
Approximately 12 million Americans suffer from PVD, often referred to hardening of
the arteries or atherosclerosis. This narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs caused by the buildup of fatty
plaque and calcium and is a strong predictor of heart disease.
PVD may show up in leg arteries before there are any signs or symptoms in your heart.
Screening is a measurement of the blood pressure in the lower
legs compared to the blood pressure in the arms. During this test, blood pressure cuffs are placed on the arms and
legs. The cuffs are inflated, while a hand-held device (called a doppler) is used to listen to the blood flow in
the legs and arms. The ABI screening helps evaluate the amount of blood flow to the legs and feet, which is
decreased in a person with PVD. It is a highly accurate method for detecting
- Your screening will last 15
- Please wear a short-sleeved
shirt or blouse.
- Do not wear
- You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes.
- You will lie down for approximately 5 minutes to obtain resting blood
- Blood pressure cuffs will be
placed on your upper arms and ankles. Systolic blood pressures are obtained using an ultrasound
- Results will be provided immediately. You will be provided ABI and velocity scores that you
can give to your doctor.
- Cost of the screening and
report is $50.
An additional consultation is
available, at an additional cost, if you would like information on diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplement
approaches to improve your vascular health.
Insurance and Medicare does not cover
health screenings. ABI Screening does not require a doctor’s referral in the state of Oklahoma. To schedule
an appointment please call (405) 936-3333.
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