Carotid artery (Plaque) Screening

Ultrasound scan of the arteries in the neck that screens for buildup of fatty plaque – a leading cause of strokes.

What are the warning signs of carotid artery disease?

Carotid artery disease is often a silent disease, developing without causing any pain, discomfort, or other symptoms. If plaque buildup goes unnoticed until it is seriously impacting blood flow to the brain, it can cause a stroke. Early screening can help identify the problem before it is too late, especially in people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The warning signs of a stroke are:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in arms or legs, which may only be present on one side of the body
  • Facial drooping, which can affect only one side of the face
  • Sudden difficulty talking
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden trouble seeing
What causes carotid artery disease?

Certain risk factors increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and carotid artery disease. The contributing factors are:

  • Age 55+
  • Family history of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, or stroke
  • Smoking (past or present)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity

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