We at Sobel family Medicine have brought in a state of the art test only used at major universities such as Emory, Duke, and Ohio State universities. This test called the “CIMT” detects the age of your arteries. The CIMT (Carotid Intima Media Thickness) test can accurately predict your risk of a major cardiovascular event. It is an FDA cleared ultrasound procedure used to noninvasively measure and monitor atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart attacks and strokes.
The CIMT test is a painless technique for measuring the thickness of the first two layers of the carotid artery located in the neck. From this test, we can predict the age of the artery, which will allow us to predict your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. If your arteries are older than your calendar age we can consult with you how to reduce your risk of having a cardiovascular event. To date, Medicare and most private insurance do not pay for CIMT testing because it is so new.