5 Steps to prevent Heart Disease

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CAC vs. CIMT in predicting risk for stroke and heart attack

CAC vs. CIMT link from Jan 2015


In adults without CVD,

 CAC presence improves prediction of CVD and CHD more than carotid plaque presence or high IMT.

 CAC and carotid ultrasound parameters performed similarly for stroke/transient ischemic attack event prediction.

2009 article

The principal finding of this study is that a substantial percentage of patients who have no clinically apparent atherosclerosis and a CACS of zero in fact have atherosclerotic disease, as determined by ultrasonography of the carotid arteries. Mayo Clin Proc. 2009 March; 84(3): 229–233
What if CAC zero, no risk? link

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