Carotid Artery Stenosis (Stroke)
Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Lim offers Carotid artery disease screening in her cardiology clinic at Singapore which is a simple, non-invasive, and painless test. During the test, you will be asked to lie on your back. After applying gel on your neck, a probe is used to detect images and to measure blood flow through the carotid arteries.
The blockage will increase the risk of stroke, a medical emergency when the regular supply of blood to the brain is interrupted. Stroke is a common cause of death and deprives oxygen. The first sign of Carotid artery disease is a stroke and it develops slowly. Carotid artery disease will normally recover by adopting a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and meditation.
Doppler ultrasound technology is used to measure the amount of plaque and the speed of blood flow. Findings are reported as:
- Within normal range
- Mild to moderate risk
- Moderate risk
- Significant risk
Carotid artery disease Symptoms and Risk-factors:
- Sudden numbness or weakness
- Sudden trouble speaking and understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness
- loss of balance
- Severe headache
- High blood pressure
- Blood-fat levels
- Family record of health issue
- Lack of exercise
Complication and Prevention:
Carotid artery disease causes strokes that will damage your brain and muscles permanently. Carotid artery disease causes complications like reducing blood flow, breaking off blood flow to small arteries, and blood clot blockage.
Prevention of this disease can be achieved by caring for your body. Avoid smoking, maintain a healthy weight, reduce cholesterol, eat veggies and fruits to keep your body healthy and avoid alcohol.
How often should you get carotid artery stenosis (stroke) screening
This depends on risk factors and previous screening results. Annual screening should be considered as part of the healthcare regimen.
Contact Heart specialist, Dr. Lim Ing Haan, at an Interventional Cardiology (heart & vascular) Clinic in Singapore immediately today for an accurate diagnosis.
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