Learning your risk of heart attacks and strokes could save your life and prevent many years of disability. The first step in knowing your risk actually is not your cholesterol number. The first step is finding out if there is artery clogging plaque in your blood vessels. We have a painless, non-invasive test to find out. It is called a Carotid Intima Media Thickness test and is done with ultrasound technology.
The artery between the heart to the brain, is the carotid artery. It is the ideal indicator for the early detection of heart disease and stroke risk. Atherosclerosis is the name of the disease. Measuring the thickness of your carotid artery lining is one of the major signs of cardiovascular risk. Detecting artery clogging plaque is another sign. Detecting these changes in your carotid artery provides a warning of risk. Taking action can significantly affect your quality of life by preventing a stroke or heart attack or sudden death.
On your Carotid Intima Media Thickness test, your arteries are rated from A to F, just like your public school grades. This tells us far in advance if a dangerous process is taking place.
Heart disease is the Number 1 killer of both men and women, claiming more lives than the next five leading causes of death combined — including cancer. For most people, the first symptom of cardiovascular disease is a heart attack — and one out of four first-time heart attacks is fatal. A Carotid Intima Media Thickness test can identify heart disease — as well as its extent and severity — that would otherwise go undetected.
Are you an A or an F? Knowing your grade could save your life.