Early Detection Of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Requires Innovative Solutions

Early detection is critical for cardiovascular disorders like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), but it has been difficult to come by in general care. Traditional methods of measuring the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI), such as Doppler, are extremely specialized and are only used in secondary care, usually when symptoms indicate a health problem. Because many PAD patients are asymptomatic, the most recent PAD guidelines recommend that all risk categories have their ABI measured at the primary care level. ABI and TBI checks can be done in minutes with digital equipment like MESI’s.


How can routine Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) measurement become accessible to all patients at risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

According to the latest international guidelines on Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), it is essential to discover it in the early stage. The aim is to prevent its dangerous outcomes such as heart attack, stroke, ulceration, or amputation. Since nearly 70% of PAD patients are asymptomatic, however, this calls for systematic prevention efftors.

The current guidelines recommend PAD screening in primary care, using the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) in all patients with cardiovascular risks. This is largely still not implemented due to the limitations of the traditional measurement methods.

ABI measurements with standard devices like the handheld Doppler probe are time-consuming and require trained operators (i.e. specialised staff). This makes systematic PAD detection and preventive check-ups inaccessible at primary care level.

At MESI, we fill this gap by offering doctors and nurses easy-to-use and fast solutions in the field of basic diagnostics, with 1-minute ABI and TBI measurements at the forefront.

Smart solution: MESI mTABLET ABI

The MESI mTABLET ABI can come as a smart stand-alone solution or as part of a modular system for collecting all basic diagnostic measurements. It is easily expandable with additional digital modules, such as TBI, ECG, spirometry and oximetry.

MESI mTABLET ABI highlights

  • SmartArm™ detection – to determine the higher blood pressure of the two
  • Automated, 3-cuff simultaneous measurement
  • Multiple cuff sizes and ability to mix-and-match different size cuffs during one measurement
  • Pulse waveforms and oscilation graphs
  • Advanced review and alerts

Less work, more done

All the measurements are instantly stored into the patient’s electronic record (MESI mRECORDS) and are accessible or shareable at any time. This means less paperwork, a faster diagnosis and more time for your patients.

  • Workflow optimisation
    MESI mRECORDS can be easily integrated with your existing EHR solutions.
  • Efficient collaboration
    Share the measurement results for a second opinion – with the patient data suitably anonymised.
  • Practice enhancement
    Add additional modules or smart apps at any time according to your evolving practice needs. For example, ABI measurements can be expanded with pulse wave velocity.
  • Securing your data
    Our innovations comply with strictest security standards in terms of data storage, protection and sharing.

Basic solution: MESI ABPI MD

The MESI ABPI MD is an easy-to-use tool for simple, repeatable and reliable ABI measurement. It was actually our very first diagnostic innovation back in 2014. Since then, 1-minute arterial assessment has brought us to more than 50 countries worldwide.


March 25, 2022, Article by MESI Medical

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