I think it’s interesting to watch people react to something -- a topic like this -- anyway. It’s just another person who’s struggling with something in their life. It’s interesting to watch people respond to this maybe a little differently than they would say, if it was someone struggling with being adopted or struggling with alcohol or struggling with having three kids or struggling with trying to raise an adopted child. These are all just challenges that humans face along the way and it’s nice to be a part of a project that takes all of these challenges and speaks about them with the utmost integrity and honesty and sincerity.
Another approach to detecting and understanding plaque behavior, used in research and by a few clinicians, is to use ultrasound to non-invasively measure wall thickness (usually abbreviated IMT ) in portions of larger arteries closest to the skin, such as the carotid or femoral arteries. While stability vs. vulnerability cannot be readily distinguished in this way, quantitative baseline measurements of the thickest portions of the arterial wall (locations with the most plaque accumulation). Documenting the IMT, location of each measurement and plaque size, a basis for tracking and partially verifying the effects of medical treatments on the progression, stability, or potential regression of plaque, within a given individual over time, may be achieved.