It remains unclear whether patients would benefit from use of ankle brachial index to predict heart disease risk and screen for peripheral artery disease, according to a draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "The Task Force calls on the research community to prioritize studies that examine whether using the ABI to screen for PAD and assess the risk of cardiovascular disease leads to better health," said USPSTF co-vice chairman Dr. Albert Siu.

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