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What is the accuracy of carotid artery ultrasound to detect heart problems?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Some studies suggest that by using carotid duplex and measuring intima media thickness we can detect early coronary artery disease with sensitivity of 85% but low specificity of 39% .
It is a good screening test that is not invasive but not very accurate.

In brief: Depends

Some studies suggest that by using carotid duplex and measuring intima media thickness we can detect early coronary artery disease with sensitivity of 85% but low specificity of 39% .
It is a good screening test that is not invasive but not very accurate.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Coronary calcium

Coronary calcium screening is the definitive test for noninvasive detection of CAD in men over 40 & women over 50 with any risk factor. I use cimt in younger patients.
There is much more predictive & outcome data in ccs.

In brief: Coronary calcium

Coronary calcium screening is the definitive test for noninvasive detection of CAD in men over 40 & women over 50 with any risk factor. I use cimt in younger patients.
There is much more predictive & outcome data in ccs.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Good

We have accepted "carotid artery intimal thickness" as a surrogate for coronary artery health.
I'm not sure I am totally aboard but this is generally accepted as a measure of the condition of the heart arteries.If we find the carotids to be ill it seems reasonable the coronaries are similarly affected.Treat aggressively to lower cholesterol and lower other risk factors.

In brief: Good

We have accepted "carotid artery intimal thickness" as a surrogate for coronary artery health.
I'm not sure I am totally aboard but this is generally accepted as a measure of the condition of the heart arteries.If we find the carotids to be ill it seems reasonable the coronaries are similarly affected.Treat aggressively to lower cholesterol and lower other risk factors.
Dr. Robert Greer
Dr. Robert Greer
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