Shock value: Show patients an image of their clogged arteries

A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to motivating patients to address risk factors

Showing patients a picture of how much plaque is clogging their arteries may help them to make the lifestyle changes needed to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease, a study suggests.

People given a personalised image of an ultrasound revealing the extent of their atherosclerosis decreased their cardiovascular disease risk in a year.