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ABI (Ankle Brachial Index): How to Detect Plaque By Yourself

Dr. Ford Brewer2019-09-03
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The video emphasizes the importance of early detection of plaque through various screening methods to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer's. Alternative methods like PC angiogram and calcium scores are discussed, highlighting their effectiveness. The significance of effective plaque screening for preventive healthcare measures is underscored, with a focus on peripheral plaque measurement and the risks associated with arterial disease. The speaker recommends attending a boot camp event for comprehensive testing and education on peripheral vascular disease prevention.

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Importance of Early Detection of Plaque for Heart Health.
02:17
Stress tests may not always detect plaque accurately, leading to many heart attacks in people with less than 50% blockage.
Alternative methods like PC angiogram and calcium scores are discussed, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
The video mentions the Stanford 25 program, which focuses on patient care and physical exam skills.
Effective plaque screening methods are crucial for preventive healthcare measures to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer's.
CT angiogram is a cost-effective method for detecting plaque in heart vessels, with prices ranging from $300 to $900 and potentially decreasing.
05:00
Peripheral plaque can be measured using IMT and ABI tests, with plaque not being localized and occurring throughout the body due to factors like diabetes and inflammation.
An at-home ABI test involves measuring arm and ankle pressure, where a higher ankle brachial index could indicate potential issues.
Studies have shown that a high ankle brachial index may signify severe arterial disease.
High ABI values indicate a greater risk of amputation due to rigid arteries leading to the legs and ankles.
10:51
An ABI over one is considered normal, with lower values being more concerning.
The speaker uses their ability to perform high-intensity exercise as an example of good arterial health.
They recommend attending a two-day boot camp event for comprehensive testing and education on peripheral vascular disease prevention.
The event is scheduled for November 8th and 9th at the University of Louisville.