Ultrasound evaluation of carotid intima-media thickness is useful in assessing risk of heart disease, according to a small study presented at a meeting of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. The study evaluated CIMT in 26 first-time STEMI patients and found vascular age, when adjusted for CIMT, was significantly greater than chronological age. People who learn their vascular age exceeds their chronological age are more likely to comply with preventive strategies, presenting author and nurse practitioner Lori Neri said.

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