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An_246571 posted:
What does a CCS/CIMT score of 31 (84%) mean?
cardiostarusa1 responded:

Please consult with your doctor.

Randomly-selected article for CIMT/CCS reference.

Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Coronary Artery Calcium Score as Indications of Subclinical Atherosclerosis

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mmm1812 responded:
I did - and he told me my diagnosis was "a moderate amount of plaque" , and we discussed at length a treatment plan. What I was hoping for by asking here is another description of what this score means. Can you simply answer this -How do the numbers correspond to the amount of blockage (or not)? I find all of the articles I read before your response to be hard
to understand.
billh99 replied to mmm1812's response:
The problem is that those are two completely different test and from my reading they are reported in much different forms than you give.

CIMT uses ultrasound to measure the artery in the neck. The raw report indicates the size of the artery, the size of plaque and any vulnerable plaque. This is sometimes used to compute an equivalent arterial age.

I assume that the CCS is a CACS, coronary artery calcium scan. It is report in Agatston units. Sometimes it is also a percentile compared with others of your age/sex.

So I don't know what the 2 numbers that you give refer to.

Ask for the written report(s) of the two test. That should give you more details.

Note that a technician does the test. Then a doctor interprets the data and writes the report. It may or may not be your doctor and it might have been done by 2 different doctors. So you might have one or two different reports.

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