Simple ankle test may prevent heart attacks and strokes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/28/09

Simple ankle test may prevent heart attacks and strokes

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A simple test to measure blood circulation in the ankle may help identify a potentially fatal condition common in stroke survivors. The problem is called Peripheral Artery Disease, which is a buildup of plaque in the extremities.  It's linked to a greater risk of future heart attacks and stroke, but often there are no symptoms. 

Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina say they've been able to detect poor circulation caused by fatty plaque buildup by measuring blood flow in the ankle.  Researchers say the test takes less than 15 minutes.

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