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CardioHealth Station better than taking VAP test?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 02, 2011 at 12:08 AM

The CardioHealth?? Station has a built-in portable ultrasound system optimized to perform a non-invasive examination of the carotid arteries. It provides an automated real-time measurement of the intima-media thickness (IMT) and allows the user to search for arterial plaques. Moreover, the touch-screen keyboard allows the user to input various parameters related to traditional cardiovascular risk factors.

CardioHealth Station for Ultrasound Measurement of Intima-Media Thickness

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on December 07, 2011
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I know, because I happened to have a scan for neck issues in my 50s, that my carotid was clean as a whistle then. If covered (or free in a drug store? Just kidding) I'd love to have this and see if I'm still clean or have developed issues since then.

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on December 07, 2011
at 08:33 PM

What's your reservations about the spiral CT scan. My "paleo" doc had me get one about 8 months ago since my cholesterol was on the high side (even though mostly fluffy kind and low triglycerides). Have a physical coming up in about a week. I'm 58. Is it worth inquiring about the IMT?

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Thanks, doc. I'm 45 and I'm thinking that it's time for me to get serious about some of these health assessments. IMT, you say?

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on December 07, 2011
at 04:13 PM

Cholesterol is not bad in and of itself. Depending on your genetics, your response to cholesterol may diminish or enhance athersclerotic or plaque conditions in your arteries. So for that reason, a VAP would provide insight into plasma cholesterol conditions unique to you.

The IMT would provide a picture of how well your body manages cholesterol, regardless of your cholesterol numbers. For example, all MDs would like me to be on a statin or more, given my cholesterol numbers. But at the age of 56, I have arteries of a 20-yr old. So at this time, a rigorous low-cholesterol diet, let alone (horrible) statin "therapy" is not necessary.

The short answer from this physician? If you're 45 or over, get the IMT first for a baseline, then consider a VAP. If you're under 45 and curious, get the VAP to look for warning signs that can be addressed before the plaque develops.

I'm NOT a fan of the spiral CT scan for calcium scores.

The OptimAge Institute Venice, CA [email protected]

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on December 07, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Thanks, doc. I'm 45 and I'm thinking that it's time for me to get serious about some of these health assessments. IMT, you say?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 07, 2011
at 10:12 PM

I know, because I happened to have a scan for neck issues in my 50s, that my carotid was clean as a whistle then. If covered (or free in a drug store? Just kidding) I'd love to have this and see if I'm still clean or have developed issues since then.

E1c6e8005795364ef33867073e5d4ec1

(109)

on December 07, 2011
at 08:33 PM

What's your reservations about the spiral CT scan. My "paleo" doc had me get one about 8 months ago since my cholesterol was on the high side (even though mostly fluffy kind and low triglycerides). Have a physical coming up in about a week. I'm 58. Is it worth inquiring about the IMT?

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