Ankle brachial index test evaluates blood flow to your legs
This non-invasive heart test enables your cardiologist to determine if there is any narrowing or restriction of an artery or blood vessel that reduces blood flow, how serious the blockage is and exactly where it is located.
This test is done by measuring blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest.
Where to go for your ankle brachial index test
The test will be performed at:
Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center
6601 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75024
It is very important that you keep your appointment once it is scheduled. If you must cancel your appointment, please give the office at least 24 hours notice by calling 469.800.6300.
Our ankle brachial index testing schedule requires tight time restrictions, so please notify the office immediately if you will be late for your appointment. We appreciate your complete cooperation.
What to expect
Preparing for an ankle brachial index appointment
Please wear loose, baggy shorts. If you routinely take any medications, take them as prescribed
What should I bring with me to the appointment?
- Insurance card
- Referral for echo if required by your insurance company
During the ankle brachial index test
The stress technician will start by taking or reviewing your medical history.
You will be asked to lie on your back while standard blood pressure cuffs are placed around your ankles and arms.
The cuffs will be inflated, and a small ultrasound probe will be placed against the leg. As the cuffs are deflated, waveforms will be documented assessing blood flow to your heart.
Who will give me the results of the ankle brachial index test?
After a review of the test, your medical history, other imaging modalities and previous tests by a Baylor Scott & White Legacy Heart Center cardiologist in Plano, a report will be sent to the ordering physician.
The ordering physician will then review the results and discuss them with you.