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HM CIEC launches the first 3D Cardiopreventive Unit in Spain

Posted on January 30, 2015 04:20:18 PMCET


The Center for Cardiovascular Diseases HM CIEC, located at HM Montepríncipe University Hospital, launched 3D Cardiopreventive Consultation, the first in Spain, whose technology enables "integration of carotid and femoral artery study into cardiovascular assessment". , he pointed out to the responsible person, Dr. Beatriz López.

It is intended for patients with some risk factors, from 40 years to men and 50 or after menopausal 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 early atherosclerosis, such as family dyslipidemia or rheumatoid disease.

3D vascular ultrasound allows quantification of cholesterol volume, global loads or atherosclerotic volume accumulated in the arteries as a direct consequence of damage caused by risk factors and poor living habits in the cardiovascular system.

Knowing and quantifying the presence and extent of cholesterol in the arteries enables us to more accurately assess the "real risk that the patient must develop a cardiovascular problem in the future and make effective decisions in prevention," Dr. López said. .

The traditional cardiovascular risk assessment is carried out with emphasis on classical risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, as well as unhealthy habits, such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle and excess weight, but not according to Dr. López, that is "very precise".

The expert added that, with quantification of the volume of atherosclerosis, this technology offers "many other possibilities, such as estimating the scope, severity, and characteristics of its composition in three dimensions of space, providing more complete information."

Dr. López recalled that cardiovascular disease does not hurt and that plaques are asymptomatic, so early detection prevents their progress and avoids "an advanced problem when the artery is already blocked".

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