Digital Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) as a Screening Tool in Detecting Peripheral Arterial Disease


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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 8-18 million in the US and is an economic burden, currently estimated to be greater than cancer and heart disease. Older age (> 65 years), smoking, diabetes and kidney diseases are some risk factors associated with PAD and are known to have increased morbidity and mortality.Early detection is critical for mitigating PAD progression. Ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing is recommended by the US Preventative Services Task Force as an affordable and effective screening tool for evaluating PAD risk.

QuantaFlo™ (Semler Scientific, Inc.) is a novel, noninvasive, 510K FDA approved digital device that is used as a screening tool to measure ABI of patients at risk of PAD. This single center prospective clinical trial will evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of digital ABI in detecting PAD using color Doppler ultrasound and ‘gold standard’ angiography as reference. Specifically in patient undergoing dialysis and who cannot undergo ABI using pressure cuffs dialysis grafts/ fistulae in the arms, we will evaluate the value of digital ABI in detecting PAD.