I encourage everyone to make sure that you observe PAD awareness Month by encouraging those around you over the age of 50 to have their ABI (Ankle Brachial Index) checked. The Ankle Brachial Index is a comparison of the blood pressure at the ankle to the blood pressure at the elbow. Its very simple and anyone that is capable of measuring a regular blood pressure can perform the test, it does not necessarily require a medical professional. Lets do a sample calculation:
Mrs Smith has an ankle blood pressure of 60/20. Her brachial (elbow) pressure measures 120/80.
60 divided by 120 = .50 . Mrs Smith's ABI is .50. The Normal ABI is>1.0, mild decrease .9-.75, moderate decrease .74-.50, severe decrease <.49
At least one in fifteen people over the age of 55 have PAD which can lead to stroke, limb loss and heart attack.
Importantly more than have the people that are affected have no symptoms for various reasons including the presence of diabetes and limited activity.
Early diagnosis can permit effective treatment.
For more information, visit www.beatpad.org