In case you were keeping track, I’ve been getting a CIMT twice a year since starting in ’16. I just got my fourth one yesterday and was certainly curious to see what would come back.
Early on in my cholesterol education I came across an article by Rakesh C. Patel, Does LDL-P Matter?. He had this to say about the test:
My workhorse disease detection is Carotid Intima Media Thickness (CIMT). This test simply put, measures the “lining” of the carotid artery via ultrasound. The thicker the lining is, the greater the risk. It is also a way to assess for plaque (atherosclerosis) of the artery. Having plaque means you have atherosclerosis. I believe it is a significantly better way of looking at risk because we are looking for the actual pathology (1,2).
Given the last two times my thickness decreased on both sides, I figured I’d probably plateau or increase at least a little by this point.
Nope. Looks like the streak is continuing so far…