Carotid Artery Screening Test – Plaque in Arteries | Life Line Screening

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid arteries are the two large blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain. When they become clogged with plaque, they become narrower, affecting blood flow. If a blood clot occurs, a stroke can result.

Who is this screening for?

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

Frequency

Yearly

Risk Factors for Carotid Artery Disease

  • Age 55+
  • Family history of carotid artery disease or coronary artery disease
  • Smoking (past or present)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity

Carotid Artery Disease Screening Details

Carotid Artery Disease screening is painless, non-invasive, and does not require the removal of any clothing. While you recline on your back, the technician will use color flow ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries while also measuring blood flow through them.

About Carotid Artery Disease 

Carotid Artery Disease is plaque in the carotid arteries, the large arteries in your neck that take blood to your brain. Carotid Artery Disease is a major risk factor for stroke, developing slowly and often without symptoms.

Warning Signs of Carotid Artery Disease

In its early stages, carotid artery disease often doesn't produce any symptoms. The condition may go unnoticed until it's serious enough to deprive your brain of blood, causing a stroke. Warning signs of a stroke are:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in face or limbs
  • Sudden difficulty talking
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden trouble seeing

Carotid Artery Disease Screening FAQ 

  • What causes Carotid Artery Disease?
    Since carotid artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis, it is caused by genetics and lifestyle, the same factors that cause heart disease.
  • Are women at greater risk for stroke than men?
    Stroke is often seen as a man’s problem. But in fact, it is a major concern for women. Twice as many women die from stroke than breast cancer every year.
  • How can I reduce my risk for stroke?
    You can help reduce your risk for stroke by:
    • Eating a healthy diet
    • Staying active
    • Not smoking
    • Controlling high blood pressure
    • Controlling high cholesterol
    • Controlling diabetes
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.