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 effort 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 compared to other people your age and gender as a population percentile. it is reported as an “arterial” age” which is the age for which your thickness would be the 50th percentile or average.
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 or needing a stent or bypass procedure.
Our goal is to avoid the need for an intervention or procedural treatment for an event! While this may not excite those who are paid to perform these procedures, it should excite you!
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 at least some of the cost, 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 data to provide you with a level of care that goes beyond standard care and improves the quality of your life.