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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

The Unseen Threat: CIMT, a Pioneering Tool in Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

If you could know with 98.6% accuracy that you were going to have a heart attack, would you want to know? And, if you are at risk, we offer a guarantee that you won’t have an event…. that is a powerful promise!


Have you had a cardiovascular event? Are you worried about the future? Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer among adults in the United States. Understanding its dangers is the first step towards proactive prevention. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we focus on advanced testing to provide a more accurate picture of your cardiovascular health, and if anything is found, we offer a guarantee that you won’t have an event by following the BaleDoneen protocol for reversal and prevention. One of these is the Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) test—a noninvasive ultrasound examination that unveils hidden risks for heart attacks and strokes.


What is a CIMT?

The CIMT is an FDA-approved ultrasound screening to examine the thickening of your carotid arteries, revealing signs of atherosclerosis—plaque buildup that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Unlike standard risk assessments, the CIMT acts as a window into arterial health, accessible through the carotid arteries on each side of the neck.



CIMT vs. Standard of Care Tests:

In the pursuit of cardiovascular health, traditional standard-of-care tests often fall short in preventing heart attacks and strokes before they occur. Conventional assessments, such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure readings, stress tests, and carotid doppler, provide valuable insights, but none of these tests are actually looking for the presence of disease, and therefore they cannot capture the full complexity of your arterial health. 


The current standard of care in our country often waits until someone has a heart attack or stroke to determine that they are at risk. The carotid duplex scan, usually performed at a hospital or mobile scanning service, looks at the blood flow through the artery. However, this arterial blood flow doesn’t start to drop off until the blockage is over 70%. A stress test also measures the same amount of blockage, only over 70%.


Why wait until you’re certain of the problem, when you can find out now whether or not you have mild asymptomatic disease that can be stopped and reversed? The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio is geared toward preventative health care that begins with a non-invasive look for mild, asymptomatic disease, and follows up with a tailored plan of care.


The Next Step: Personalized Prevention:

A CIMT is best used as an initial screening tool to gain a picture of your current disease status. We do this in following the BaleDoneen Method, a science-based methodology that is scientifically proven and accepted to both prevent and reverse heart attacks, strokes, and many other chronic conditions such as dementia, type 2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and kidney disease. 


Combining the CIMT with other advanced testing, offers a more comprehensive understanding of your cardiovascular health. Personalized prevention strategies, tailored to your individual disease status, ensure a comprehensive approach to your health. We provide a guarantee of arterial wellness. Yes, a guarantee you will not have a heart attack or stroke on our watch. That is a powerful promise! By getting tested early, often, and aggressively, you can take control of your health and achieve optimal health for a lifetime.


Special Offer: $199 CIMT through February!

Empower yourself with the knowledge to safeguard your future. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we believe proactive cardiovascular care should be accessible to all. To underscore early detection, we're running a special promotion: schedule your CIMT appointment before the end of February and receive this life-changing test for just $199, including a 30 minute consult with a board certified cardiologist (normally $285)! 


Take advantage of our limited-time offer to secure your comprehensive cardiovascular assessment and pave the way to a heart-healthy tomorrow. Your road to health starts at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio! Come to our office today to learn how we can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and dementia! Click here to book your CIMT now, or call (614) 412-1157. 


Don't let cardiovascular disease linger in the shadows—illuminate your heart's well-being with the transformative power of a CIMT.

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