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Diagnosing arteriosclerosis in your own office

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Check for the presence and extent of plaque, the number one identifier of arteriosclerosis, by sonography by doing these three essential tests: 

  1. Duplex of the Carotid Arteries
  2. Abdominal Aorta Duplex;  and
  3. Lower Extremities Duplex

Looking for plaque by sonography is the most essential part of this evaluation of arteriosclerosis; to see if there is plaque and to what extent. The above studies also check for endothelial dysfunction and plaque composition–whether it is soft, complex, calcified, ulcerated or not, and the possible presence of thrombus. Absolute lack of plaque with no endothelial changes might indicate that the patient has no arteriosclerosis, or that the chances are low, in spite of the patient’s cholesterol levels.

The following laboratory tests also play a vital role in identifying arteriosclerosis.
  1. Cholesterol panel
  2. CRP, Sed Rate and other markers of plaque inflammation
  3. Glucose, Ha1c, and other routine lab analysis

The modern way to evaluate arteriosclerosis must be evaluated by visualization, identifying the present of plaque, and sampling simultaneously the three mentioned areas of the body where plaque can be easily seen.  If plaque is not seen, most likely the treatment for moderate hypercholesterolemia might be interrupted.

MHS TECHNICIANS CAN PERFORM THIS EVALUATION IN AN HOUR’S TIME AT YOUR OFFICE.

Josephine Oria