How to measure the ankle brachial index with the WatchBP Office ABI
The guidelines for performing ABI prescribe that the ABI index should be determined at the arm with the highest blood pressure value. For this the screen mode should be used for performing simultaneous double-arm measurements.
After the arm with the highest BP value is determined one arm cuff (at the “R” cuff socket) can be replaced for the ankle cuff and blood pressure of the ankle and arm can be simultaneously measured in the ABI mode. After the measurement is performed the ABI will be automatically calculated by the device.
The ABI mode of the WatchBP Office ABI shows a reminder for the supine position (left) and automatically calculates the ABI from systolic blood pressure values (right; 1.09 = 148/136)
Table: Differences between WatchBP office ABI and Doppler machine
WatchBP Office ABI
Easy to perform
Difficult (education / skills required)
ABI index is provided
Calculation is needed
Dorsalis pedis artery cannot be measured
Dorsalis pedis can be measured
Results not influence by observer
Results influenced by observer
Additional screening for Afib
No additional screening