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.
asked byNikkyo (34)
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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.
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