Frequently asked questions
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
PAD or LEAD (lower extremity artery disease) is the narrowing of peripheral arteries. It is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arterial walls. This means the blood flow to the limbs is restricted. The most typical symptom is leg pain which occurs during exercise and is relieved by a short period of rest, this is known as intermittent claudication. Most patients, however, do not necessarily feel the leg pain or any other symptoms or are unable to describe them to their doctor.
What is MESI ABPI MD used for?
MESI ABPI MD is a fast, simple, accurate and objective screening tool for the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), based on oscillometry and volume plethysmography. The device measures the ankle-brachial index (ABI) using the patented 3-CUFF™ technology.
What does the measurement process look like and how long does it take?
The measurement process consists of four simple steps:
- correctly placing the arm cuff,
- correctly placing the ankle cuffs,
- running the measurement,
- receiving the results.
The calculation of the measurement results takes a couple of seconds, while the entire measurement process takes approximately a minute.
Why is the measurement performed using three cuffs and not four?
MESI ABPI MD utilizes a unique simultaneous measurement, where the cuffs are positioned on three limbs at the same time. A simultaneous measurement is essential for the accuracy of the ABI, as it eliminates measurement error due to the natural changes in human blood pressure. Simultaneous inflation and deflation of four cuffs instead of three would increase the risk for cardiac overload (it is not advisable to obstruct all four extremities at the same time).
Who is at risk for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?
People over fifty years who are diabetics, hypertensive, smokers, overweight or have high cholesterol, as well as everyone over the age of sixty-five years.