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PAD Testing

Northwest WellnessArterial Brachial Index is the test for Peripheral Artery Disease. Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition in which the arteries become narrowed due to the formation of plaque inside the artery walls. More than three-fourths of those with PAD do not have classic symptoms. Basically, the arteries in the legs close off, limiting blood flow to the legs.

    PAD symptoms include:
  • Painful cramping in your leg muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other leg
  • A change in the color of your legs
  • Hair loss or slower growth of leg hair or toenails
  • Shiny skin on your legs
  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet and/or erectile dysfunction in men
◊ People with PAD are six times more likely to die within ten years from cardiovascular disease than those who do not have PAD*
◊ It is believed that PAD affects between 8 & 12 million people in the U.S. and an equal number in Europe*
           *Source - Univ. of Minnesota ( 9/21/2002

FAQ: Simply scroll down the page to read the answers, or you may click on a question and you will be taken directly to the answer.

How long does the test take?
Should I fast before taking the test?
What test result values are desirable?
How are the test results presented?

How long does the test take?
The tests takes from 3 – 10 minutes

Should I fast before taking the test?
No, it is not necessary to fast before taking this test.
Note: If you are having other tests performed, please see their respective test descriptions.

What test result values are desirable?
ASI readings of less than 80 are normal. Readings between 81 and 209 means increased artery stiffness. Readings greater than 209 indicates arterial sclerosis and indicates that further medical testing may be recommend.

How are the test results presented?
The results are presented in a form that the computer prints out. A sample form is listed below.

CardioVision ABI Results


PLEASE NOTE : While test results are important indicators, they do not constitute a diagnosis. Discuss your results with your doctor on your next visit.
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