What is a CIMT? How does it show your arterial age?
Carotid Intima Media Thickness or CIMT measures the thickness of the artery wall using ultrasound. A thicker wall predicts a higher risk of developing new unstable plaque which sets the stage for a heart attack or stroke.
In contrast to Duplex Carotid Ultrasound (which measures lumen obstruction looking for a need for a procedure), the CIMT images the wall and characterizes plaque and its stability. It motivates measures to reverse disease.
The health of your carotid arteries reflects the health in arteries throughout your body – including the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart.
Your carotid arteries are an accessible sample of a massive supply system. A thick artery wall is a sick artery wall. The thickness is reported as an “arterial” age.”
But here is the key: We can make your arteries younger and healthier again!
Many think that artery disease is not reversible. This is a dangerous idea. The concept that a heart attack or stroke is inevitable because of genetics and family history is incorrect. Many steps can be taken to prevent you from ever having an event.
Our goal is that you never get to a point where you need an intervention or procedural treatment for an event.
CIMT measures disease earlier than stress tests or even angiograms. The good news is that the ultrasound of your carotid arteries is easy, painless, quick and affordable. In most cases insurance pays for the test, especially in the presence of other diseases or risk factors. This life-saving test costs $250.
Once we have a baseline of your arterial age, the amount of thickening, and the plaque that is present, we monitor the results of the preventative measures you start. The ability to accurately measure the change in the artery thickness allows us to show results. We can improve your personal prevention plan. The Center for Prevention believes in real and repeatable data to provide you with a level of care that goes beyond standard care and improves the quality of your life.