CAROTID

CAROTID
National Stroke Association has released a statement that up to 80% of strokes can be prevented with early detection! Work with your physician to find out if you are at risk!

CAROTID DUPLEX, TRANSCRANIAL DOPPLER, SUBCLAVIAN ARTERIES

What is being visualized?

CAROTID ARTERIES:

Carotid arteries are the arteries responsible for delivering blood from your heart to your brain. There are two of them and they are located on each side of the neck.

TRANSCRANIAL DOPPLER:

Intracranial arteries, located within your brain, covered by the skull bone

SUBCLAVIAN ARTERIES:

Arteries located in the upper chest area, below the collar bone.
If any of the above arteries are blocked or narrowed, you might be at an increased risk of stroke. The narrowing of the arteries might be caused by plaque, which is a buildup of calcium, cholesterol, or fat.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?

1. Carotid ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive, procedure that examines the carotid arteries in the neck. Evaluates structure and function of the carotid arteries to check for any narrowing or obstruction in the arteries that affect the blood flow. Early detection allows your doctor to begin treatment on improving the blood flow to your brain and reducing your risk of stroke.
2. Depending on the severity of the finding, the test might be repeated every 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year. 

WHO IS AT RISK?

INDIVIDUALS WITH:

1. High Blood Pressure
2. Diabetes
3. High Cholesterol
4. Smoker/History of Smoking
5. Peripheral Vascular Disease
6. Family history of stroke and heart disease
7. Recent TIA or stroke
8. Carotid Bruit (detected by your physician)
9. History of atherosclerosis or plaque in the arteries
10. Over the age of 50 

INDIVIDUALS WITH THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

1. Dizziness
2. Headaches
3. Lack of Coordination
4. Fainting
5. Abnormality of Gait
6. Other symptoms not listed above. 

HOW TO PREPARE:

1. Wear comfortable clothes, exposing your neck
2. No additional preparations required. 

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