Carotid Artery Screening

The carotid arteries are major blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain, neck, and face. There are two carotid arteries, one on the right and one on the left.

A narrowed carotid artery is caused by plaque build-up inside the artery walls. If the artery becomes too narrow, blood flow to the brain becomes compromised, potentially causing a stroke. A carotid ultrasound screening can be used to measure blood flow in the carotid artery, including any areas of narrowing, or stenosis.

Who Needs This Screening?
Carotid Artery Disease screening is for those at risk for atherosclerosis or have a family history of stroke or heart disease.

Ages
50+
40+ with 2 or more risk factors

Risk Factors for Carotid Artery Disease
Age 50+
Family history of carotid artery disease or coronary artery disease
Smoking (past or present)
High Blood Pressure
Diabetes
High Cholesterol
Obesity