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Rivista di Angiologia
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International Angiology 2010 December;29(6):482-8
ABI derived from the highest and lowest ankle pressure. What is the difference?
Kröger K., Bock E., Hohenberger T., Moysidis Th., Santosa F., Pfeifer M., ✉
Kröger K. 1, Bock E. 2, Hohenberger T. 3, Moysidis TH. 1, Santosa F. 1, Pfeifer M. 4,
AIM: Different modes of ankle-brachial -index (ABI) calculation lead to different information. We looked for the peripheral arterial disease (PAD) prevalence estimated from ABI-high and ABI-low and analysed the effect of age and classical risk factors.
METHODS: Based on the Arteriomobil Project data, ABI was calculated considering the lowest of the four ankle artery pressures (ABI-low) or the higher ankle artery pressure of each leg (ABI-high), respectively. ABI <0.9 were defined to prove PAD.
RESULTS: Prevalence of PAD estimated using ABI-low was much higher than those using ABI- high (15.7% vs. 8.0%). Thus 8% of men and 7.5% of women suspected for PAD were not detected if prevalence rates are based on ABI-high alone. Estimating PAD prevalence only by measuring posterior tibial artery (ATP) pressure, prevalence rates were lowest with 2.4% for the left and 2.7% for the right ATP. Estimating PAD prevalence only by measuring anterior tibial artery pressure, prevalence rates were slightly higher, but still low. ABI-high systematically shows lower prevalence rates compared to ABI-low without divergence of the prevalence rates with increasing age. This parallelism of the curves remained unchanged when prevalence rates were separated for self-reported risk-factors; smoking, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes.
CONCLUSION: The presented analysis of the Arteriomobil Project data support the hypothesis that the differences in prevalence rates estimated from ABI-high and ABI-low are mainly determined by anatomic variations of the plantar arch. Additional angiographic controlled studies are necessary to prove this hypothesis.