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HM CIEC launches the first 3D cardioprevention unit in Spain

Published 30/01/2019 04:20:18CET


The HM CIEC Cardiovascular Diseases Center, located at HM Montepríncipe University Hospital, has launched a 3D cardioprevention consultation, the first in Spain, whose technology allows "to integrate the study of the carotid and femoral arteries in cardiovascular evaluation," said the person responsible, Dr. Beatriz López.

It is intended for patients with any risk factor, starting at age 40 in men and 50 or after menopause in women, or in case of family history of early cardiovascular disease, such as myocardial infarction or stroke.

It is also recommended in situations that favor the formation of atherosclerosis early, such as familial dyslipidemia or rheumatologic diseases.

3D vascular ultrasonography allows quantification of cholesterol plaque volume, an overall measure of the amount or quantity of atherosclerosis that accumulates in the arteries as a direct consequence of damage caused by risk factors and poor life habits in the cardiovascular system.

Knowing and quantifying the presence and extent of cholesterol plaques in the arteries allows us to more accurately assess "the actual risk a patient has of developing a cardiovascular problem in the future and make effective decisions in their prevention," said Dr. Lopez. .

Traditional cardiovascular risk assessment is performed with attention to classic risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, as well as unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking, physical inactivity and being overweight, but it is not "very accurate", according to Dr. López.

He added that in addition to quantifying the volume of atherosclerosis, this technology offers "many other possibilities, such as assessing the extent, severity, and characteristics of atherosclerosis in the three dimensions of space, giving more complete information."

Dr. López recalled that cardiovascular diseases do not hurt and plaques are formed asymptomatic, so early detection prevents their progress and avoids having an "advanced problem when it has already clogged our arteries."

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