Heart and Vascular

How's your blood flowing? Get an ankle brachial index test

If you have symptoms of poor blood circulation in your legs, such as claudication, your doctor may recommend an exercise ankle brachial index (ABI) test. This painless, noninvasive test measures the blood pressure in your limbs to diagnose if veins are preventing adequate blood flow.

As a leading provider of heart diagnostic services, Goshen Heart & Vascular Center offers exercise ankle brachial index tests in Goshen, IN. We’re a team of dedicated heart specialists who work together to treat and prevent heart and vascular problems. Talk to your primary care provider about getting a screening or call (574) 537-5000 if you don’t have a primary care provider.

Do I need an exercise ABI?

Arteries that are narrowed or clogged with plaque will prevent blood from reaching your limbs as it should. When this happens, you may experience symptoms during physical activity that prompt your doctor to order an ABI.

They include:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Cramping
  • Heaviness

The results from your exercise ABI can determine if you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), or another vascular condition. Having this test when you first notice symptoms can help your doctor make a timely diagnosis to start treatment and prevent future serious complications.

Getting an ABI test at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center

Your doctor can perform an ABI as an outpatient procedure in about 15 minutes. During the test, blood pressure cuffs on your arms and ankles record your blood pressure in your limbs. You may have to walk on a treadmill as your pressure is recorded.

Then, the blood pressure in your arm is compared to the pressure in your ankles to determine if PAD is present. Your doctor may use an ultrasound probe to capture images of the blood flow in your veins.

We can help

Goshen Heart & Vascular Center has the right screenings to keep your heart and vascular system in the best shape. Ask your doctor about receiving one of our heart screenings or call (574) 537-5000 for a referral.

Serving the Elkhart County community and beyond, Goshen Heart & Vascular Center offers exercise ABI in Goshen, IN.