Sep 19, 2009 11:31 AM by Meredith Land
An eye-opening new test that can literally tell you how old your veins are. You may be 45, but your vascular age could be 65.
Beth patterson is 46, and she says she feels 46. But Beth wants to know how old her veins are, because cardiovascular disease runs in her family. "All of my aunts and uncles have had premature deaths, so it's something that's always in the back of my mind." she said.
There is a non-invasive, painless test that will determine her vein's age, it's called CIMT. The test has been modified and is now used in doctor's offices to measure the thickness of the walls of the arteries using doppler ultrasound technology.
Dr. Mark Mcquaid, a vascular surgeon says "Beth's CIMT measurement is 569, which is right about where it should be." What Dr. Mark Mcquaid is saying is that Beth's vascular age is 46.
Dr. Mark Mcquaid says "If somebody learns that their vascular age is 10 years older than their chronologic age, that's quite powerful information to get them to change their lifestyle."