A patient is seen at the clinic for a routine physical examination. After the patient is assessed for evidence of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), which of the following tests does the nurse explain is typically used to assist in the diagnosis?
• The formula for ABI is the systolic blood pressure of the ankle (measured at the
• A ratio under 1.0 indicates peripheral vascular disease.
• Incorrect: Allen's test is used to assess blood supply to the hand.
• Incorrect: Cardiac stress tests are used to measure the heart's ability to respond to stress.
• Incorrect: Echocardiogram evaluates the structure and function of the heart muscle, but does not tell if there is peripheral vascular disease present.