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Common Signs of Cardiovascular Disease

January 19, 20242 min read

Heart health is a critical aspect of overall well-being, yet cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Understanding the warning signs can be your first line of defense against the potential risks of a stroke or heart attack. In this blog, we'll explore the most common symptoms of cardiovascular disease, highlighting why prompt recognition and action are paramount.

1. Chest Discomfort or Pain (Angina): One of the most recognizable signs of heart trouble is chest pain or discomfort, often referred to as angina. This pain can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or a sharp pain in the center of the chest. It's a red flag that your heart might not be getting enough oxygen due to narrowed or blocked arteries.

2. Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea): If you find yourself gasping for air or struggling to breathe during activities that you used to manage easily, take note. Shortness of breath can indicate heart failure, a condition where the heart can't pump blood as well as it should.

3. Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmia): An irregular heartbeat or palpitations can feel like your heart is racing, fluttering, or skipping beats. While not all arrhythmias are dangerous, they can be a sign of a more serious heart condition.

4. Fatigue and Dizziness: Feeling unusually tired or lightheaded, especially with activities, can be a sign that your heart isn't pumping efficiently. Don't dismiss ongoing or unexplained fatigue, especially if it's accompanied by other symptoms.

5. Swelling in Legs, Ankles, or Feet (Edema): When the heart doesn't pump blood effectively, fluid can accumulate in the body, leading to swelling in the lower extremities. This swelling can be a sign of heart failure.

6. Unexplained Pains: Sometimes, heart problems manifest in less obvious ways, like pain in the back, neck, jaw, or arms. This is particularly common in women, who may not always experience the "classic" chest pain.

Gender-Specific Symptoms: It's crucial to note that men and women can experience different symptoms. Women are more likely to suffer from shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain. Recognizing these less typical signs is important for early intervention.

Why Early Detection Matters: Understanding these symptoms is more than just knowledge; it's a proactive stance against cardiovascular disease. Early detection and treatment of heart issues can drastically improve the quality of life and survival rates. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical advice without delay.

Cardiovascular disease can be a silent threat, but being attuned to the warning signs can save lives. Pay attention to your body and don't hesitate to consult healthcare professionals if you notice anything unusual. Remember, in the realm of heart health, being alert and informed is your greatest ally.



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Why should you get this C-IMT scan?

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hearth Disease Risk

Early Detection of Heart Disease Risk

A C-IMT scan can act as an early warning system by identifying increased thickness in the artery walls long before any symptoms of heart disease or stroke become evident.

Personalized Treatment Plan

Personalized Treatment Plan

The results of a C-IMT scan can help your doctor tailor a treatment plan to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke, which is the leading cause of death and disability in the world.

Non-Invasive and Safe

Non-Invasive and Safe

Unlike some other tests, the C-IMT scan is non-invasive and uses ultrasound, not radiation. It's safe and doesn't require any special preparation.

Family History

Family History

If you have a family history of early heart disease or stroke, the scan can provide valuable information about your own risk, helping you and your doctor to take preventive measures.

Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

If you are anxious about your cardiovascular health, a vasometric scan can provide reassurance if your results are within a normal range.

Vasolabs Is A Premier Provider Of Safe, Convenient Heart Disease Screenings.

Vasolabs Is A Premier Provider Of Safe, Convenient Heart Disease Screenings.

  • Uses the newest ultrasound technology

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  • Takes only 15 minutes

  • Get your Easy-to-Understand Report within 24 hours

  • Optional Discussion with your Clinician

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  • Track Your inflammation, Know your Artery Blockage.

  • Informed patients make better decisions.

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Do I Need a Heart Screening?

Here is a checklist of factors that put you at elevated risk for heart attack, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease:

  • Over 40 years of age

  • Family history of heart disease/stroke

  • Overweight

  • Increased cholesterol level

  • High-fat diet

  • Tobacco user

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetic

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Psoriasis


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Looking back, it's chilling to realize how close I came to the edge. I opted for a test at Vasolabs on a whim, without any particular symptoms. Boy, am I glad I did! Turns out, my arteries were nearly clogged up - something regular doctors wouldn't have caught unless there were signs of a problem. By the time I got a couple of second opinions and returned to my regular doctor, my arteries were 95% blocked. If I hadn't taken the test when I did, I could have had a stroke. Trust me when I say this, going to Vasolabs was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

- George B

I was really worried about getting a heart attack because its already happened in our family. So taking this test gave me the peace of mind I was looking for. And it was so cool to see the age of my artery was younger than I was!!

- Barbara L.

I went to Vasolabs for their C-IMT testing, thinking it'd be a complicated deal, but nope! It was as easy as getting a photo taken. And guess what? They found an issue that could've been a silent threat. Thanks to them catching it early, my doctor and I are on top of it now. Honestly, I feel like I dodged a bullet. Big thumbs up for Vasolabs!

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I saw an ad on Facebook and I got the C-IMT Test for myself and my husband, it was such an easy process. And a great gift idea for family. It was really fun to look at the results and good to know I need to work on my health.

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Frequently Asked Question

What is a C-IMT scan?

A C-IMT Scan is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to measure the thickness of your carotid arteries' walls. These arteries, located on each side of your neck, supply blood to your brain. Over time, plaque can build up in these arteries, causing them to thicken. This is often an early sign of atherosclerosis, a disease that can lead to serious conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.

Where do I go to get this scan?

For your quick, 15-minute appointment, simply head over to our facility located at 1414 South 600 West, Bountiful, UT 84010.

Who takes my test?

Dean Ence, an expert sonographer, will be handling your fast, no-pain test to figure out the 'age' of your arteries. This test checks how thick your artery walls are - thicker walls can mean inflammation. It's all simplified for you to understand easily. We also spot and show plaque, whether soft or hard, in your arteries. You get detailed pictures from the ultrasound for your records. Taking care of your health is our main goal!

How long does the C-IMT Scan and Report take?

The duration of the C-IMT scan can vary depending on various factors, like the complexity of the patient's condition. Typically, a Vasometric scan takes around 15 minutes to complete. The report is done and delivered within 24 hours to you.

Will my insurance cover this C-IMT Scan?

Most insurance providers don't cover the cost of this scan. However, most hospitals are around $800 a scan, but we are only charging $199!

Hospitals often inflate prices due to the complex nature of their billing systems and agreements with insurance companies.


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Vasolabs is dedicated to promoting heart health by providing innovative, easy-to-access tests. We empower people with insights into their vascular health for early risk detection.