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Pilot Study to Determine the Optimal Technique for Measurement of Ankle Blood Pressures

This study has been completed.
The Cleveland Clinic
Information provided by:
Summit Doppler Systems, Inc. Identifier:
First received: January 7, 2009
Last updated: November 10, 2009
Last verified: November 2009

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a highly prevalent medical condition. Patients with PAD are usually diagnosed on the basis of the ankle-brachial index. The ankle-brachial index is the ratio of ankle pressure to arm pressure based on measurement of blood pressures in the arms and legs using a Doppler device. The need for dedicated equipment and trained personnel, along with the time required to perform the test, have been identified as barriers to widespread implementation of ankle-brachial index screening. The use of automated oscillometric devices for blood pressure measurement and determination of the ankle-brachial index has been applied with variable success. It will be beneficial to investigate a reliable oscillometric-based procedure that can accurately measure leg pressures for the ankle-brachial index across the entire spectrum of PAD severity.

The purpose of this study is to determine the optimal oscillometric-based technique for estimation of Doppler-derived systolic arm and ankle blood pressures for calculation of the ankle-brachial index in patients with and without PAD.

Subjects with suspected arterial disease in the non-invasive lab will be enrolled. Arm, ankle, and toe pressure measurements will be made in the supine position using Doppler, oscillometric methods, and photoplethysmographic sensor. Arm and ankle pressures from a subset of subjects will be obtained in both seated and supine positions. The ankle-brachial index and toe-brachial index will be calculated.

Condition Intervention

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Pilot Study to Determine the Optimal Oscillometric-Based Technique for Measurement of Ankle Blood Pressures for the Ankle-brachial Index

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Further study details as provided by Summit Doppler Systems, Inc.:

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: October 2009
Primary Completion Date: October 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Blood pressures using Doppler and oscillometric methods will be obtained at each limb and on one toe from each foot.
Blood pressure measurements will be taken at each limb (arm and ankle) with Doppler and oscillometric based methods.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients presenting to Cleveland Clinic's non-invasive vascular lab

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient at least 50 years of age
  • Ambulatory outpatient
  • Referred to non-invasive Vascular Laboratory for evaluation of suspected arterial disease.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to give informed consent
  • Unable to lie supine for at least 15 minutes
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00819598

United States, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44195
Sponsors and Collaborators
Summit Doppler Systems, Inc.
The Cleveland Clinic
Principal Investigator: Heather L Gornik, MD The Cleveland Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Heather Gornik, Cleveland Clinic Identifier: NCT00819598     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CCF IRB 08-823
Study First Received: January 7, 2009
Last Updated: November 10, 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Vascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on July 21, 2017