More Ankle Brachial Index Testing Needed to Decrease Arterial Complications and Increase Awareness

Image of: Clinicians performing ankle brachial test on patient.According to a recent U.S. survey, 75% of adults have no idea what peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is.

Arterial blockage is a very serious matter; however, many people only associate arterial blockage to heart attacks and strokes in general.  They don’t know the about the symptoms of PAD and, consequently, consider leg pain a fleeting case of muscle or joint problems.  When people experience leg pain during exercise or cramping pains, they don’t place much significance on it when they really should.

It’s estimated that 8 to 12 million people in North America currently have PAD.  When 75% of adults don’t even know what it is, this is an alarming rate of people.  Everyone knows what a heart attack is, but not everyone knows what PAD is.  Similarly, when someone experiences chest paint, they go to the hospital; but when someone experiences leg pain, they shrug it off and wait for it to subside.

The consequences of ignorance and inaction associated with recurring leg pain and PAD are detrimental.  Not only do people put themselves at risk for heart attack and stroke, but amputation of the affected limbs is required if persistent limb pain goes unmonitored.

Ankle Brachial Index Testing to Decrease Heart Attack, Stroke and Amputation

Not long ago, the American Heart Association released a scientific study written by Allison Hirsch about women and peripheral artery disease.  In the study titled A Call to Action: Women and Peripheral Artery Disease (click to read), Hirsch says, “In the Medicare population (adults over 65) 15% to 25% have PAD, but only 2% have ever had an ABI. This needs to change.”

An ankle brachial index test with the health monitoring equipment from Critical Care Assessment can help increase this percentage.  In addition to being effective, it’s also incredibly easy for the clinician and patient.  On average, the test takes 5-10 minutes and lets clinician and patient know about blood flow in the patient’s limbs.  With an in-depth look at how arteries are functioning in the limbs, proper monitoring and treatment can be implemented to monitor borderline conditions and fix high-risk problems.

Ankle Brachial Index Testing to Increase Awareness

The reason testing is so low (2% in people 65 and over) is because many people are unaware of PAD.  They don’t know what it is, don’t know what the symptoms are and, consequently, don’t know when they need to get a test.

If clinics and private practices had critical care test equipment that could check ankle brachial indexes (ABIs), awareness of PAD would spike.  Clinicians would be more likely to give tests and more discussions about the disease would occur between healthcare provider and patient.

What makes the testing equipment by Critical Care Assessment superior to its competitors is the equipment’s ability to complete ABI tests along with 38 other tests including stress assessment tests, cardiovascular fitness tests and HRV analysis.  With our equipment, patient AND clinician benefit.  Patients are more aware of their health and clinicians are able to offer more services.  This way, private practices and hospitals can increase profit by providing an extremely valuable health service.

To learn how you can improve patient health, increase PAD awareness and boost profits, contact Critical Care Assessment about its health monitoring equipment today.

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