STROKE PREVENTION AND THYROID SCREENING

CAROTID INTIMA MEDIA THICKNESS (CIMT)
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It has been reported that there is a strong correlation between the wall thickness of the carotid artery and the potential for a person's having an impending heart attack or stroke.  The thicker the wall, the greater the correlation. 
We measure the wall thickness in numerous locations and average that thickness.  This will allow those that are being screened to know if further testing should be done.

How does the wall thickness of the carotid artery indicate that there might be a heart problem?
The arteries around the heart are about 1/3 the diameter of the carotid arteries. If the walls of those arteries are as thick as the arteries in the neck, they could be significantly narrowed. Therefore, it would behoove that person to have further testing to make sure that there are no coronary blockages. That is usually done with a stress test.

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