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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

What is the CIMT Test?

If you could know with 98.6% accuracy that you were going to have a heart attack, would you want to know?


Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer among adults in the United States. Early detection is essential for evaluating the heart's function and locating any issues within the heart muscle or valves, before a cardiovascular event occurs. There are various heart exams that can aid in reducing the risk of arterial diseases and illnesses and optimize your whole body health, such as the CIMT.


If you are uncertain about the state of your arterial health, the CIMT test is a great way to determine your risk of a heart attack or stroke to improve the quality and longevity of your life.


Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT)

If you could know with 98.6% accuracy that you were going to have a heart attack, would you want to know? Our Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT) is a powerful first step in reversing cardiovascular disease!


The CIMT test is an ultrasound that assesses the lining of the carotid arteries in your neck. The test can differentiate the degree of plaque from soft to hard. Soft plaque is the most dangerous form, as it can lead to a sudden heart attack or stroke if it ruptures. Whereas; hard plaque is calcified and generally stable. With proper treatment and lifestyle changes, soft plaque can transform into hard plaque.


From the results of the scan, the cardiologist can locate any plaque formation in the walls of the arteries to catch the cardiovascular event before it transpires. A cardiologist will then determine if these arteries’ walls are starting to thicken or lay down plaque, as well as the stage it is in (i.e., early, middle or late stage). Therefore, a CIMT scan allows for early intervention to reduce your risk of a cardiovascular event and optimize your heart health.


CIMT is a simple and inexpensive way to identify signs of atherosclerosis, vascular disease, plaque buildup, and much more. The test can be performed at HASPC of Central Ohio, making it more accessible. Since it is an ultrasound scan, no radiation is involved.


Our CIMT test at HASPC of Central Ohio is:

  • Non-invasive

  • Affordable

  • Painless and easy

  • Radiation free

  • Approved by The American Heart Association over 20 years ago as safe, reliable, and repeatable


Schedule Your CIMT Test in Central Ohio Today!

At The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio (HASPC) in Columbus, Ohio, our medical and dental professionals are here to thoroughly evaluate your individualized risk and provide a treatment plan—curated to your needs. We provide a guarantee of arterial wellness; no heart attack or stroke.


Through February, our CIMT scan is currently $199 (originally valued at $285). Book your appointment today by calling us at (614) 412-1157.



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