Introduction: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. This is the reason why in present there is a continuous struggle for implementing more efficient methods in treatment and prevention. Material and methods: In this study we have included hypertensive patients. In all the cases we measured the ankle-brachial index and requested a complete laboratory examination, for establishing the level of cardiovascular risk. Results: We observed that the ankle-brachial index is a sensitive marker for cardiovascular diseases, which shows a positive correlation with the seric levels of creatinine and with age. Conclusions: Measurement of the ankle-brachial index is an easy, non-invasive method, which can be useful for global cardiovascular risk evaluation.
Keywords: hypertension, ankle-brachial index