ASSOCIATIONBETWEENCAROTID INTIMA-MEDIATHICKNESSON ULTRASONOGRAPHYAND SEVERITYOF CORONARYATHEROSCLEROSIS
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TTie aimof this study was to evaluate the usefulness of noninvasive assessment ofcommon carotid artery (CCA) inUrna-media thickness (IMT) inprediction ofpresence and severity ofcoronary atherosclerosis. B-mode ultrasound of carotid arteries was performed on 80 patients (mean age 516 yrs, range 40-60; 43 were males) who had coronary angiography performedwithin3 months. According to the results ofcoronary angiogra phy patients were divided into control group (normal coronary angiogra phy no=18) and coronary disease group (22 patients with single vessel disease and 40 patients withmultivessel disease). Diabetic patients and those withperipheral artery and cerebral vascular diseases were exclud edfromthe study. IMT less than 1.0 mm was considered as normal. IMT equal or more than 1.0 mm was considered as initial atherosclerotic le sion ofcarotid arteries, andIMTmore or equal to 2.0was considered as a sign ofmild carotidplaque.