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ABI/ASI Testing

Everyone is familiar with the standard blood pressure test.  A cuff is wrapped around your arm and inflated. As it deflates, your systolic and diastolic pressures are measured, giving your doctor critical information about your cardiovascular system.
 
The ABI/ASI test, as it is known, takes things up a notch.  It uses 4 cuffs, one for each of your arms and legs and compares the readings to each other. It’s completely non-invasive and takes only a few minutes.  Usually, it’s performed by your doctor as part of a routine medical exam.
 
The ABI/ASI measurement is a much more accurate test and provides your doctor with detailed information about:
 
Blood pressure
Pulse pressure
Possible arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats
Existence of PAD (peripheral arterial disease)
 
(PAD is more commonly known as hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and is clearly a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.)
 
You may be suffering from signs and symptoms of heart disease, such as shortness of breath or swelling in the legs.  You may have had a previous heart attack and are now recuperating. Perhaps you have other risk factors such as high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes or obesity.  The ABI/ASI test is a simple method of gathering more specific information that can assist in your care.

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