What is Carotid Artery Disease?
The carotid arteries are the two main arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. These two blood vessels extend through each side of the neck.
Carotid artery disease occurs when plaque, which is a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances, forms along the walls of the carotid arteries. This plaque and the injury it causes is called atherosclerosis. Over time, the walls of affected arteries thicken and become stiff and the blood vessel may also become narrowed (a condition called stenosis), limiting blood flow. Left untreated, carotid artery disease increases the risk for stroke.
What are some risk factors?
Ultrasound Screening at MMI
Carotid duplex Ultrasound is used to:
The painless test is performed under the supervision of one of our Board Certified Radiologists and a ARDMS Registered Vascular Technologist. The results of this inexpensive study will give you the information necessary to determine the likelihood of Carotid Artery Disease.