Preventing Heart Attacks Through Early Detection
   
  Undetected Cardiovascular Disease is the greatest health risk facing patients today. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of both men and women, claiming more lives than the next five causes of death combined – including cancer. For most people, the first sign of heart disease is a heart attack – and one in four first-time heart attacks are fatal.
   
  HeartSmartIMTplus® is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art, cost-effective diagnostic tool for the earliest detection of cardiovascular disease. It is safe, painless and convenient, taking only 10 minutes in your physician’s office.  
   
  HeartSmartIMTplus® uses safe B-mode ultrasound imaging to measure the Intima Media Thickness (IMT) of the carotid artery to detect atherosclerosis at it earliest stages.  Studies have shown a high correlation between the carotid artery IMT and coronary artery disease.  
   
  In addition, HeartSmartIMTplus® also assesses the presence of plaque and plaque characteristics – something not seen in Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CACS) tests.  Soft plaque is more vulnerable to rupture and can break off causing a heart attack or stroke.  Early detection allows the physician and the patient to develop treatment regimens that are your best protection to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
   
  The value of carotid IMT has been recognized by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography for the early detection of heart disease in asymptomatic patients.
   
   
 
 
   
 
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Procedures You Need to Know - Carotid Artery Ultrasound
The Doctors - CBS, March 23, 2010