Ankle Brachial Indexes (ABI)
The ankle brachial index or ABI is a test that compares the blood pressure in your arms and legs. A low number can indicate narrowing or blockage in the arteries of your legs. It is a quick, non-invasive test to check for decreased blood flow in your legs called peripheral artery disease (PAD).
How to Prepare:
No special preparations are necessary. Do not exercise for 1 hour prior to test. The test is painless and is similar to getting your blood pressure taken during a routine office visit. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows the technician to easily place a blood pressure cuff on your leg. This test will take between 10-20 minutes.
Cardiac biomarkers are blood tests that are taken throughout treatment to help identify damaged heart cells.
A Carotid US is a safe and painless procedure that uses sound waves to examine the blood flow through the carotid arteries. You have two carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck. They deliver blood from your heart to your brain. Carotid US tests for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke.
How to Prepare:
Unless specified by your doctor or the radiology lab, no special preparations are necessary. Wear a comfortable shirt without a collar. Do not wear a necklace or dangling earrings. The test takes between 30-45 minutes
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Echocardiogram with strain
An echocardiogram with strain is an ultrasound of your heart that helps predict heart damage by checking for shortening, lengthening or thickening of the heart muscle. Strain imaging evaluates the function of the heart muscle using cardiac US. This method is used to identify subtle changes in heart function.
Learn more about cardiac stress testing
Cardiac stress testing uses an EKG and exercise or medication to give your doctor information about how your heart works when it is under stress and beating fast.