CIMT Screening for Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention

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What is a CIMT Scan?

  • CIMT Measures

    CIMT Measures

    CIMT measures the thickness of the innermost layers of the carotid artery and detects atherosclerotic plaque responsible for most heart attacks and strokes.

  • CardioRisk CIMT

    CardioRisk CIMT

    The CardioRisk CIMT exam can detect both advanced and early cardio and cerebrovascular disease — The majority of cardio and cerebrovascular events can be prevented with medical intervention (e.g. lifestyle and medication vs. surgery).

  • Leading Cause

    Whats the Leading Cause?

    The leading cause of cardiovascular disease is inflammation. CIMT measures and quantifies the degree of inflammation in each patient. Plaque found within the arterial wall indicates atherosclerosis which is predictive of future cardio and cerebrovascular events. Only a CIMT scan can non-invasively detect and quantify the amount of arterial inflammation, the amount of atherosclerotic plaque, and the vulnerability of this plaque to rupture.

  • 10 Year Study

    10 Year Study

    In a 10-year, 100,000 person-year study, IMT caught > 98% of the heart attacks and strokes BEFORE they occurred. CIMT scanning is validated in over 7000 peer-reviewed studies as an effective screening tool for heart attack and stroke, and as an accurate assessment of therapeutic efficacy in both Men and Women.

  • CIMT Plaque

    CIMT and Plaque

    CIMT and plaque assessment is more sensitive, and more predictive of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke than are more expensive tests like Cardiac Exercise Stress Tests, Angiogram, CT Scan with Calcium Scoring, traditional risk assessment tools including lipid or cholesterol assessments.

  • CIMT is Differant

    CIMT is Differant

    CIMT is DIFFERENT than Carotid Duplex (Lifeline Screening Exam) and Doppler examinations: Carotid Duplex measures the amount of blood flow in the artery and is designed to determine the necessity of surgical intervention. You must be > 70% blocked to fail a Carotid Duplex exam, but > 86% of the events occur in patients who have < 70% blockage.

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Ariana Feldberg

About Ariana Feldberg

My name is Ariana Feldberg. I have been living on the island since 2000 and this is my second time reinventing myself to add to the vineyard community. I have been a dental technician since 2012, and was named one of the top women in dentistry my first year. Quite an honor! With technology advancing the way it is to heading towards 3D scanning and production of removable prosthetics for dentistry, I am not as busy as I’d like to be. So, time to reinvent myself again and think what I could bring to the island that it is lacking. So back to school I went again!

I am now a nationally certified CIMT technician. This stands for Carotid Intima Media Thickness. It is an ultrasound of the wall of the carotid artery to look for early detection of heart attack and stroke risk. It is painless, no needle, non-invasive, no disrobing, just simple ultrasound scan of your carotid artery. The technology has been around for over 20 years, but is just starting to become standard of care in the US. It is not the same as the scan that looks at blood flow through your carotid artery. This is a very specific protocol that looks at specific areas in your common carotid and internal carotid arteries looking for inflammation and plaques that are early detection signs for heart attack and stroke risk. I can tell you, that school literally saved my life.

I am a healthy 42 year old woman, who eats properly, exercises regularly, not overweight, no family history of cardiac events, and have always had low cholesterol. I am not one you would look at and think- she’s at risk for a major cardiac event. But yet, I am! During school, when we were practicing and scanning each other, a plaque was found in my right carotid that has an 85% chance of killing me, or causing a life altering stroke that would make it so I would need someone to change my diapers by the time I was 52! Needless to say, it’s being treated. That’s the nice thing about this scan. It’s all arrest able and reversible.

My treatment is now a simple pharmacological pill (statin). The goal of this scan is to be the early detection so things can be treated with medicines rather than surgery or worse, it being too late to prevent a cardiac event.

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