Vasometrics: CIMT and Athrosclerosis Measurement Report

The Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) test is a non-invasive, low-cost ultrasound procedure that is  recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to screen for heart disease in both healthy and at-risk individuals ages 45 or greater. The carotid arteries provide a “window” to the coronary arteries, and CIMT is an independent measure of potential future cardiovascular events including heart attacks, stroke, and even cardiac death.

CIMT tests are safe, painless, and only takes about twenty minutes. The Vasolabs test is performed by applying conductive gel to the skin on the left and right sides of the neck. The ultrasound technician then uses a high-resolution B-mode ultrasound transducer to scan and annotate images of the carotid arteries, uploading the results directly to the Lab via a secure connection. From there, our Lab technicians independently measure and annotate images as well, ensuring and executes quality control processes on the scans. The final step is the creationreport on the combined thicknesses of the intimal and medial layers of the carotid artery walls.

Individuals with the following risk factors have elevated risk for heart attack, stroke or any type vascular disease should ask their doctor about Carotid IMT:

  • Family history of heart disease/stroke
  • Overweight
  • Increased cholesterol level
  • High-fat diet
  • Tobacco user
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetic
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

A good medical provider will help you understand and identify the reasons your arteries are found to be thickened and burdened with plaque, treatment is generally safe, effective and the damaged caused by atherosclerosis can be managed. Risk of heart attack and stroke can be mitigated drastically, usually with simple and safe therapies.

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