Carotid intima-media thickness and cardiovascular risk

Farouk Mookadam, Weerawat Tanasunont, Uzma Jalal, Martina Mookadam, Susan Wilansky

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Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in most developed nations. Identifying an individual's cardiovascular risk remains a challenge. Traditional coronary-risk stratification is based on cardiovascular risk factors using risk score systems, which may not reliably identify atherosclerosis in asymptomatic individuals. Carotid intima-media thickness measured by ultrasonography is a noninvasive, well-validated tool that has been used as a surrogate for clinical coronary events. Carotid intima-media thickness has demonstrable utility as an independent predictor of future cardiovascular events. Recent data have improved our understanding of its applications as a screening tool for cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
JournalFuture Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


  • atherosclerosis
  • cardiovascular risk
  • carotid intima-media thickness
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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