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Ankle brachial pressure index of normal, healthy, younger adults
  Doppler ultrasound and ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) calculations are used in the assessment of lower limb vascularity, specifically to determine arterial deficiency. ABPI is important as it is used as an indicator when deciding management options for the treatment of leg ulceration. This study aimed to investigate the range of ABPI measurement, using Doppler ultrasound and sphygmomanometry in 36 young healthy adults aged 18–55 years. The findings show a mean ABPI in the left leg of 1.19 and a mean ABPI of 1.17 in the right leg which, while within the normal range, are consistently in the upper range and significantly higher than the acknowledged ‘normal’ midpoint of 1.0. It would appear that younger people will have ABPIs within the upper aspect of the normal range and well above the established norm of 1.0.

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    26 June 2013

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    Mark Allen Group

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    RT Nursing

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    610.73 Nursing

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    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Niblo, J., & Coull, A. (2013). Ankle brachial pressure index of normal, healthy, younger adults. British Journal of Nursing, 22(Sup8), S16-S21.



Ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI), Doppler ultrasound, leg ulcer, vascular disease, peripheral circulation,

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