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ABI, Blood Tests Help Identify Heart Disease Risk

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm 1 Comment

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is one of three tests that may prove valuable in identifying heart disease risk in individuals normally considered at low risk for cardiovascular events. This week, at the 34th annual Society of Interventional Radiology’s meeting, Dr. Timothy Murphy presented research suggesting that low ABI, elevated fibrinogen and elevated C-reactive protein may help identify adults at risk for cardiovascular events. Continue Reading »

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The use of ordinary and readily obtainable screening tests--like the ankle brachial index (ABI)--along with traditional risk achieving systems--such as the Framingham Risk Score--has the potential to prevent devastating heart attacks in thousands of individuals who are not originally thought to be at high risk.

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