COMMENTARY: A low or high ankle brachial index increase the risk for all-cause mortality in Native Americans

Gibson, Neil E.
November 2004
ACP Journal Club;Nov/Dec2004, Vol. 141 Issue 3, p79
Academic Journal
The article presents a commentary on the study, which concluded that a low or high ankle brachial index increase (ABI) the risk for all-cause mortality in Native Americans. This study accomplished several tasks, while setting the stage for further research. First, the use of a large and homogeneous study population confirmed the value of an ABI < 0.9 as a risk stratified for coronary artery disease. This in itself is valuable. Furthermore, the ABI is a simple, noninvasive clinical examination chat seems to allow the prediction of risk for CVD at an early stage.


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