Korean J Med.  2007 Jul;73(1):1-3.

Carotid ultrasound in patients with coronary artery disease

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  • 1Cardiology Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Although increased intima-media thickness of common carotid artery independently predicts cardiac outcomes, the clinical significance of carotid intima-media thickness in patients with diagnosed coronary artery disease is still controversial. However, the presence of carotid plaques is clearly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease, and more aggressive medical treatment is required in this occasion. In addition, carotid disease is commonly associated with coronary artery disease, and the detection of asymptomatic significant carotid stenosis in patients with coronary artery disease may modify treatment strategy and reduce the risk of stroke. Therefore, the screening of carotid atherosclerosis using ultrasound can be helpful in patients with coronary artery disease.

Keyword

Carotid ultrasound; Intima-media thickness; Carotid plaque; Coronary artery disease

MeSH Terms

Carotid Artery Diseases
Carotid Artery, Common
Carotid Intima-Media Thickness
Carotid Stenosis
Coronary Artery Disease*
Coronary Vessels*
Humans
Mass Screening
Stroke
Ultrasonography*
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