Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a manifestation of generalized atherosclerosis which results in hemodynamic compromise of oxygen and substrate delivery to the lower extremity skeletal muscles. Hemodynamic assessments are vital in PAD diagnosis and in the evaluation of strategies aimed at treating claudication (i.e. exercise training, revascularization, and pharmacological agents). Venous occlusion plethysmography (VOP) is a century-old, non-invasive technique used to quantify limb blood flow and has been used to evaluate hemodynamic compromise in patients with PAD. However, the literature suggests a wide array of methodological variability in the measurement and analysis of limb blood flow using VOP. In this manuscript, we overview the clinical application of VOP measurement, and secondly we review the methodological variation that occurs during the measurement and analysis of VOP in healthy individuals and in patients with claudication.
- blood flow
- peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- venous occlusion plethysmography (VOP)