In Office AAA/ABI/CIMT Screening
“Simple, fast, in-office tests that can save your life” CIMT, AAA, ABI
“Did someone in your family, or a close relative have a heart attack or stroke”?
CIMT is a measurement of the thickness of the Carotid artery wall including the cholesterol deposits (blockages) which can indicate risk of stoke and underlying heart disease.
What Is a CIMT Scan?
CIMT stands for Carotid Intima-Media Thickness test and is a non-invasive ultrasound (sound waves) test used to detect and measure vascular disease and could give your physician and early warning for cardiovascular disease.
Why Do a Carotid (CIMT) Scan?
Early detection is the key. This ultrasound test could save your life. The American Heart Association states that 50% of males and 64% of females that die suddenly of heart disease had no previous symptoms. If you do not know you have blocked blood vessels you are potentially just a stroke or heart attack waiting to happen. If we can get a glimpse at your vessels with a painless 15 minute ultrasound test we could get you the help you need before a traumatic event occurs.
Who Needs a Carotid Scan?
Everyone who reaches a certain age has a risk for cardiac disease, but there are genetic and environmental risk factors as well. Here are some of the leading risk factors that would put a patient at higher risk for heart disease.
- High-fat diet
- Tobacco user (past or present)
- High-fat diet
- Increased cholesterol level
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Family history of heart disease/stroke
What About AAA Scans I Keep Hearing About? Do I Really Need One of Those?
A carotid scan is sometime accompanied by an AAA scan based on risk factors and age. AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (also called a triple A) and is when you have an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta. Your aorta is the major blood supply to your body and if it was to rupture it can lead to a major loss of blood and can be life threatening.
In just a couple minutes we can potentially save your life with a look into your cardiovascular system to help prevent a major medical emergency. If nothing else you can have peace of mind that your carotid artery is clear and/or your risk of for having an AAA is minimal.
There is Another Test an ABI – I Don’t Really Need All These Test Do I?
ABI stands for Ankle-Brachial Index and is a test that measures blood flow to your extremities while you are at rest. This is a non-invasive test for patients with PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease, a condition where your blood vessels in your arms and legs can become narrow or blocked leading to poor circulation. Again early detection is key, if you have PAD you are at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. While a carotid scan tests blood flow to your head, your ABI checks the flow to your arms and legs.
Patients with the same risk factors like Diabetes, smoker, high cholesterol and obesity are more likely to have PAD. With the ABI the doctor can tell if the treatment you are on is working or give a pre-treatment baseline to compare post treatment results with later. If we are treating your diabetes with medication and your PAD score has not improved it will give us a chance to adjust your medication to make sure we have the early detection needed to take care of you the best we can.
All these test we do is to ensure you get the proper treatment. Do you ever wonder if your medication is really working or wonder if taking that high cholesterol medication really matters? These test will show physical evidence of disease that we would not be able to find otherwise. Along with routine blood tests, ABI, CIMT, and AAA scans can help us be proactive against heart disease rather than reactive to it. When it comes to heart attacks and strokes sometimes there is not chance to be reactive.