Stroke/Carotid Artery Stenosis

Carotid artery disease screening is a simple, non-invasive and painless test. During the test, you will be asked to lie on your back. After applying gel to your neck, a probe is used to detect images and to measure blood flow through the carotid arteries.

Doppler ultrasound technology is used to measure the amount of plaque and speed of blood flow. Findings are reported as:

  • Within normal range
  • Mild to moderate risk
  • Moderate risk
  • Significant risk

Stroke/Carotid Artery Stenosis Screening

Who should have carotid artery/stroke screening?
Anyone over age 50, or over age 40 with risk of stroke and irregular heart rate.

How often should you get carotid artery/stroke screening?
This depends on risk factors and previous screening results. Annual screening should be considered as part of the healthcare regimen.