[Carotid echo doppler for plaque area measurement in cardiovascular risk stratification]

Pichon Riviere A, Augustovski F, Garcia Marti S, Glujovsky D, Alcaraz A, Lopez A, Bardach A, Ciapponi A, Spira C
Record ID 32014000320
Authors' objectives: To assess the available evidence on the efficacy, safety and use coverage policy related aspects of carotid echo Doppler for the measurement of the plaque area in cardiovascular risk stratification in asymptomatic patients.
Authors' recommendations: At present, risk scores have an acceptable predictive value to predict a cardiovascular event. Since they have certain limitations it would be useful to complement them. There is no conclusive evidence that the plaque area is better than the CIMT, even when combining them, a RF-based score associated prediction is discretely improved. Some Cardiology Societies suggest the inclusion of these techniques in some groups at intermediate CV only. It is a safe technique but operator-dependent due to the marked inter and intra-observer variability. This technology may be included based on the availability of resources at each institution, however, the risk score are still the screening methods of choice for CV risk prediction in asymptomatic patients.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2011
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Argentina
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Calcinosis
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Risk Factors
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler
Organisation Name: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy
Contact Address: Dr. Emilio Ravignani 2024, Buenos Aires - Argentina, C1414 CABA
Contact Name: info@iecs.org.ar
Contact Email: info@iecs.org.ar
Copyright: Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)
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