Contributed by Center for Diagnostic Imaging
On a holiday where the symbol is a heart, we thought it was a good time to share our heart-specific screening exams at Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI). As endurance athletes in excellent shape, you are not necessarily immune to the threat of heart disease. Beginning in your 40’s, with a family history of heart disease, you may want to consider some preventative health exams. CDI has two screening heart exams that can detect heart disease in its earliest stages.
Instead, your medical provider may recommend an ultrasound exam that measures the thickness of the carotid artery wall. Carotid Intima Media Thickness (C-IMT) screening.
According to CDI Radiologist, N. Jarrod Durkee, M.D., “Young patients and athletes with traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease often have normal coronary artery calcification (CAC) CT scans due to their age and lifestyle. These patients can be improperly classified as low risk patients when CAC is used, because only artery calcifications are measured”. Dr. Durkee added, “CIMT ultrasound not only looks for carotid calcifications, but also looks at the thickening of the carotid wall to determine the patient's cardiovascular risk. This results in better evaluation of young patients and athletes and helps to properly classify these patients at low or high risk for cardiovascular disease”.
Both exams are performed by highly-trained technologists and interpreted by on-site, board-certified, specialized radiologists. These exams are not usually covered by insurance, unless they meet Medicare/Medicaid guidelines. Ask your medical provider if one of these would be right for you. To schedule an exam, call 855-643-7226.
This article was submitted by Center for Diagnostic Imaging. Learn more about CDI and their nine outpatient medical imaging centers throughout the Puget Sound at www.myCDI.com/WA.
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