Position Paper for Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (Abpi)

Date: October, 2018
Published by: The British Lymphology Society’s (BLS)
Authors: R. Elwell et al.
Access: Open Access

The ABPI is the ratio of the blood pressure at the ankle to the blood pressure in the upper arm. Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg suggests blocked arteries due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). ABPI is calculated by dividing the systolic blood pressure at the ankle by the systolic blood pressure in the arm. ABPI is only part of vascular lower limb assessment along with the patient’s past medical history and current medication, and recording of symptoms and risk factors and a clinical examination being of paramount importance.

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