PreventionDoes carotid intima media thickness indicate coronary atherosclerosis?Sinha, Anjan K. MD*; Eigenbrodt, Marsha MD, MPH†; Mehta, Jawahar L. MD, PhD‡Author Information *The Cardiovascular Institute, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York; †University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and College of Public Health, Little Rock, Arkansas; and ‡University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. Correspondence to Jawahar Lal Mehta, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics Stebbins Chair in Cardiology, Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Cardiology: September 2002 - Volume 17 - Issue 5 - p 526-530 Buy Abstract Increased carotid intima media thickness (IMT) is relatively simple, inexpensive, and reproducible noninvasive marker of global atherosclerotic disease. It is a frequently used experimental tool in epidemiologic studies to identify and follow cardiovascular disease. There is evidence that early detection of atherosclerotic disease processes and subsequent therapeutic interventions significantly alter the natural course of the disease. Several large prospective studies have evaluated the usefulness of ultrasonographic measurement of IMT and have demonstrated its role in predicting future cardiovascular events. This article will focus on the relation between carotid artery IMT and coronary heart disease, and its utility and limitations in predicting cardiovascular events. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.