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CIMT is an independent predictor of future cardiovascular events


The carotid arteries provide a “window” to the coronary arteries and the Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT). CIMT is a new non-invasive ultrasound test that is being recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. N1 Health of Scottsdale is taking advantage of this new way to look at heart health by offering CIMT testing, which can screen for heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

Heart attacks and strokes are the #1 and #4 causes of death in the United States. The rates of heart attack has increased the most for women in their 40s. CIMT is an independent predictor of future cardiovascular events, including heart attacks, cardiac death and stroke. A CIMT test can reveal a possibility of heart disease in a person who is otherwise completely healthy.

The test is safe, painless and takes about twenty minutes. After applying conducting jelly to the skin on the neck, a small, hand-held transducer is applied to image the carotid arteries and measure the thicknesses of the intimal and medial layers of the carotid artery walls.

N1 Health is a private network of concierge medicine practices. N1 Health focuses on personalized care for its patients to effectively prevent and reverse diseases.

N1 Health of Scottsdale combines the use of CIMT testing with the Bale/Doneen Method of treatment to effectively educate and treat their patients. Developed by Bradley Bale, MD and Amy Doneen, MSN, the Bale/Doneen Method focuses on treating heart disease and other arterial ailments rather than focusing on risk factors.

Under the Bale/Doneen Method, the patient is educated about the realities of his or her disease so they understand the implications of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac event. Doctors monitor the disease’s inflammation and try to find the root cause of the disease through genetic testing and other techniques. After evaluating the patient’s disease, a personalized treatment regimen is set up.
Periodic assessments of the patient’s arteries are done to track the progress of the treatments prescribed.

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