This article is part of the supplement: Selected articles from the XXV National Congress of the Italian Society of Geriatric Surgery
Ankle/brachial index to everyone
1 Department of Clinical Medicine and Cardiovascular and Immunological Sciences, “Federico II” University”, via Pansini 5, 80131, Naples, Italy
2 Department of General, Geriatric, Oncologic Surgery and Advanced Technologies, “Federico II” University”, via Pansini 5, 80131, Naples, Italy
BMC Surgery 2012, 12(Suppl 1):S18 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-12-S1-S18Published: 15 November 2012
In the last years significant attention has been paid in identifying markers of subclinical atherosclerosis or of increased cardiovascular risk.
An abnormal ankle/brachial index (ABI) identifies patients affected by lower extremity peripheral arterial disease, and even more important, represents a powerful predictor of the development of future ischemic cardiovascular events.
In our opinion, ABI is a cardiovascular risk prediction tool with very desirable properties that might become a routine measurement in clinical practice.