A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be offered this scan on the NHS. This technology can measure the thickness of the artery wall in your neck and see if there is any plaque. It is a good indication of the state of your coronary arteries apparently.
My results have just shown that one artery is OK but the other is slightly thickened putting me above the 75th percentile for my age (57). Sounds like the cat food advert, but 75% of women of 57 have a thinner artery wall.
These results came just at the time when I was feeling fed up with the thought of taking statins for the rest of my life especially thinking about side effects.
I now have physical evidence that I do actually need to take them and it has made me feel better.
I would be interested to hear if anybody else has had a scan or feels like I do about taking life long medication to prevent heart attacks and strokes.