Peripheral Vascular Disease Testing

PADnet arterial testing uses a cuff-based method to record Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)/Toe- Brachial Index (TBI) values and Pulse Volume Recording (PVR) waveforms. ABI and an assessment of flow are included in each test. Using PADnet, all major arteries in the ankle are occluded, and the ABI is calculated based on the highest pressure present.

PADnet uses recording oscillometry rather than mechanical oscillometry; as such, it records the oscillations detected by the plethysmograph, and processes those through an algorithm to determine the systolic pressure. In just 15 to 20 minutes, during a regular office visit, the non-invasive tests help identify obstructive disease, and provide data to determine suitable medical or surgical treatment and guide an effective PAD treatment plan.

Additional segmental pressures may be taken at the thigh and calf levels to more effectively regionalize vascular disease in the cardiovascular and vascular specialist office. These additional studies aid in the identification of inflow disease as well as provide insight into the regions of possible arterial blockages and related hemodynamic significance.

User-Friendly Technology

Accessible technology enables physicians or certified technologists to perform testing in the office in just 15 to 20 minutes. The PADnet testing system is easy to use and intuitive. Comprehensive training and a certification program is included.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a serious circulatory condition where clogged or narrowed arteries cause poor circulation to the arms, legs, brain or kidneys. It occurs most often in the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. Just like buildup in the heart, clogged arteries in the lower extremities can cause stroke or heart attack.

Eight to twelve million Americans have PAD and, left untreated, PAD is fatal 30% of the time within a five-year period.1

Fortunately, today there is a non-invasive technology that can determine the presence of PAD: PADnet is a PAD test that can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes during a regular office visit.

For patients with increased risk factors, including those being 65 years of age or older with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking, being informed about this arterial disease is especially essential. Leg pain and discoloration of the toes or feet are possible symptoms of PAD. It is important to note, however, that many people with PAD do not experience any symptoms. Testing can help determine if you have PAD and whether medical or surgical treatment is necessary.

BioMedix and the PAD Coalition are working together to promote early detection and prevention of this disease. The materials provided below answer key questions about risk factors and symptoms for PAD to help patients decide whether or not to get tested and give tips to reduce their susceptibility to the disease. There are also guides that explain what to expect during an examination for PAD and how people with PAD can improve their quality of life.

1.P.A.D.Coalition (2009)

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