Carotid Ultrasound

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 is a sicker wall. It predicts a higher risk of developing new unstable plaque, setting the stage for a heart attack or stroke. 

In contrast to Duplex Carotid Ultrasound (which measures obstruction or “blockage” of the lumen to justify a procedure), the CIMT images the wall. It characterizes plaque and its stability.  It motivates effort to reverse and cure 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. 

Think of your arterial age as a scientific Lifetime Line, more reliable than the efforts of a psychic palm reader telling your fortune by reading your lifeline. The younger your arteries, the more time you likely have left.

We can make your arteries younger and healthier again! We can add Quantity and Quality to your Lifetime LIne.

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Many think that artery disease is not reversible.  This is a dangerous assumption! 

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. If you have already had this unfortunate experience, you should be motivated to know how to make that event your last.

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!

The progression of Atherosclerosis

The progression of Atherosclerosis

CIMT detects and measures disease earlier than stress tests or even angiograms. 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.

Once we have a baseline of your arterial age, the amount of thickening, and the plaque that is present, we monitor the results of your prevention strategy . We can accurately measure change in artery thickness.  We can improve your Personalized Prevention Plan. The Center for Prevention believes in data and ongoing feedback to provide you with an optimal level of care that goes beyond standard care and improves the quality of your life. 

Dr. Jeffrey Emery of The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center (The HASPC) in Spokane, WA speaks about the CIMT test and its ability to access future heart disease and the risk of heart attack and stroke. The HASPC offers cutting edge testing and risk evaluation to prevent future heart attacks and strokes.