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3 Test included in the AWV for all patients


Ankle-Brachial Index Test (ABI): This test is done by measuring blood
pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. Some people also
do an exercise test. In this case, the blood pressure measurements are repeated
at both sites after a few minutes of walking on a treadmill. The ankle-brachial
index (ABI) result is used to predict the severity of peripheral arterial
disease (PAD). A slight drop in your ABI with exercise means that you probably
have PAD. This drop may be important, because PAD can be linked to a higher
risk of heart attack or stroke.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG): a test that checks for problems with
the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG shows the heart's electrical activity as
line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are called waves. An
EKG is done to:
Check the heart's electrical activity.
2. Find the cause of unexplained chest pain or pressure. This could
be caused by a heart attack, inflammation of the sac surrounding




the heart (pericarditis), or angina.
Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease. Symptoms include
shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and heartbeats that are
rapid and irregular (palpitations).
Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick.
Check how well medicines are working and see if they are causing
side effects that affect the heart.
Check how well mechanical devices that are implanted in the heart,
such as pacemakers, are working. These devices help to control

the heartbeat.
7. Check the health of the heart when other diseases or conditions are
present. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
cigarette smoking, diabetes, and a family history of early heart

unless your doctor suspects you may have an aneurysm. bulging spot in your abdominal aorta. a weakened. Ultrasound Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): An abdominal ultrasound is performed to evaluate abdominal structures. It may be used to check for a number of conditions. It's often the screening method of choice for detecting an abdominal aortic aneurysm. including the abdominal aorta. . nor women. Having an abdominal ultrasound to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm isn't specifically recommended for men who have never smoked. An abdominal ultrasound to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is recommended for men ages 65 to 75 who are current or former cigarette smokers. the artery that runs through the middle of your abdomen and supplies blood to the lower half of your body.