Carotid Intima Media Thickness (CIMT)

Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test The carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) is a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease. The test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery – the intima and media – and alerts physicians to any thickening when patients are still asymptomatic. Early detection may indicate the need...

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Simple Diet Tips

Ending each day with a big bowl of ice cream and a side of Oreos may sound great, but routinely eating lots of high-fat dairy foods puts your risk of dying young 40 percent higher than that of people who eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy. Those stats come from a new study that concludes a healthy diet makes you feel better and live longer. But if...

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Watch Thee Waist!

Waist size predicts heart-disease death better than weight Doctors have long known that obesity increases a person’s risk of heart disease, but in recent years the picture has grown more complicated. Several studies have found that a high body mass index is associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease and other chronic illnesses — a mysterious phenomenon that has come to...

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One Cigarette Too Many

Even One Cigarette Can Prove Lethal, U.S. Surgeon General Says Her report emphasizes smoking’s immediate, powerful effects on lungs, heart As little as one cigarette a day, or even just inhaling smoke from someone else’s cigarette, could be enough to cause a heart attack and even death, warns a report released Thursday by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin. “The...

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Definition: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump to deliver oxygen rich blood to the body is inadequate to meet the body’s needs. Congestive heart failure can be caused by: diseases that weaken the heart muscle, diseases that cause stiffening of the heart muscles, or diseases that increase oxygen demand by the body tissue beyond the...

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