Carotid IMT Testing

According to the AHA, 50% of men and 64% of women who die suddenly of Coronary Vascular Disease have no previous symptoms. Early detection is crucial for proper treatment for sustained recovery. Ask your Physician how CIMT can help screen you for Heart Disease.

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which fatty material collects along the walls of arteries. This fatty material thickens, hardens (forms calcium deposits), and may eventually block the arteries. Doctors can use CIMT as an ultrasound test that is being recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to screen for heart disease in apparently healthy individuals ages 45 or greater.

The carotid arteries provide a “window” to the coronary arteries and CIMT is an independent predictor of future cardiovascular events, including heart attacks, cardiac death, and stroke.

CIMT is a noninvasive test which is performed with a high-resolution B-mode ultrasound transducer. The test is safe, painless and takes about twenty minutes. After applying conducting jelly to the skin over your neck, a small hand-held transducer is applied to image the carotid arteries. The sonographer and off-site laboratory measure and report 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.

Using a quality Carotid IMT service is important. Vasolabs leads the industry in redundant measurement techniques and are proven to be the most reproducible in the world.   Using statisticians, advanced ultrasound imaging techniques, the best team of practicing sonographers in the country and constantly reviewing research for the latest techniques.  Vaso clearly offers the best testing available.

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