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Carotid Artery Disease Screening

Your carotid arteries are the two large blood vessels in your neck that supply blood to your brain. When these arteries become clogged with cholesterol, they become dangerously narrow. If a blood clot occurs in the carotid arteries, then blood cannot reach your brain and a stroke can result. 

Screening for Carotid Artery Disease (Plaque) Risk

We offer five screenings to help you understand your carotid artery disease risk.

  • Carotid Artery Disease (Plaque) Screening
    • Simple, painless and non-invasive, this screening uses cutting-edge Doppler color flow ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries while also measuring blood flow through them.   
  • Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) Screening
    • A non-invasive procedure used to detect irregular heartbeat (a major risk factor for stroke), an Atrial Fibrillation screening is performed by attaching EKG electrodes above your wrists and ankles. Learn More 
  • Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Cholesterol)
    • A simple finger-stick screening, this procedure measures three different kinds of lipids in your blood (HDL, LDL and triglycerides) as well as total cholesterol. Your lipid levels are important in determining heart health and stroke risk.  Learn More 
  • Glucose Screening 
    • A quick and easy finger-stick screening that measures blood sugar levels following eight hours of fasting, our Blood Glucose test helps identify diabetes —a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke — as well as monitor blood sugar levels for those already diagnosed with the disease.  Learn More 
  • C-reactive Protein Screening
    • A simple finger-stick screening that measures C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in your blood, this test can help determine heart disease and stroke risk levels. As a part of your immune system, CRP levels become elevated because of infection or inflammation.  Learn More 

Who should have a carotid artery screening?

  • Anyone over age 50
  • Anyone over age 40 with risk factors

How often should I get a carotid artery screening?

  • Annually

*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your physician.

How do I prepare for a carotid artery screening?

  • Wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short-sleeved
  • Do not wear a turtleneck

Warning signs

  • There are often no warning signs or symptoms of carotid artery disease (plaque).

Risk factors

  • Family history of carotid artery disease or coronary artery disease (plaque)
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

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