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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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

CAC vs. CIMT link from Jan 2015

 CONCLUSIONS:

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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