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Prevention Through Screening

These exams are performed with state of-the-art ultrasound equipment using high frequency sound waves. There is no radiation involved. 

 

Carotid Artery Screening

What we look for

Narrowing of the carotid arteries (located in the neck), which can reduce blood flow.

Why we look for it

Restricted blood flow and plaque build-up are leading causes of stroke.

How you can use the results

Early detection encourages close monitoring and lifestyle changes to reduce your overall risk.

 

Carotid Intima Media Thickness (C-IMT) Screening 

What we look for

Measures the thickness of the carotid artery wall.

Why we look for it

Thickness or inflammation in the carotid wall is an early indicator of narrowing, which can affect all vessels including the coronary arteries and aorta. This may lead to stroke, heart attack and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

How you can use the results

Early detection encourages close monitoring and lifestyle changes to reduce your overall risk.


People age 45 and older with one or more of the following risk factors may want to consider a screening:

  • Family history of arterial disease (stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart disease)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption