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Vascular Ultrasound Imaging for Screening Patients at Risk for Cardiovascular Events: Application from the West to the East

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Tasneem Z. Naqvi

Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, US
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Abstract

Highlights

  • The evaluation of vessel wall thickness alone, without including plaque assessment, in a primary prevention cohort is like looking at an angiogram without coronary stenoses in an intervention cohort.
  • Current ultrasound technology, with minimal user interface, automated measurements, high resolution, and the rapidly developing three-dimensional assessment, is ready for clinical use for risk stratification in patients in risk factor–based algorithms, particularly in medically underserved populations.
  • ATP IV guidelines improve on ATP III for the appropriate identification of patients at risk, but may still lead to over- or undertreatment with statins in a significant number of subjects who do not or do have subclinical atherosclerosis, respectively.
How to Cite: Naqvi TZ. Vascular Ultrasound Imaging for Screening Patients at Risk for Cardiovascular Events: Application from the West to the East. Global Heart. 2014;9(4):379–80. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2014.10.008
Published on 01 Dec 2014.
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