What are the benefits of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) testing?

The benefits of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) testing is that it's non-evasive and cost-efficient, says Gabriel Bietz, MD, with Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. In this video, he discusses other benefits of PVD testing.
The potential benefits of being tested for peripheral vascular disease (PVD) include:
  • Tests for PVD can reveal whether you have peripheral vascular disease, and if you do, how severe it is.
  • The most common tests -- the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test and the Doppler ultrasound -- are noninvasive (they don’t involve cuts or needles).

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