Carotid Artery Disease
The carotid artery screening for stroke is a noninvasive, ultrasound test that detects potential blockages within the carotid arteries resulting from plaque buildup. The carotid artery is located within your neck and is one of the main arteries that supplies blood to your brain. A sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain may lead to a stroke.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death. More than half of all strokes in older Americans are due to carotid disease. Early detection of potential carotid artery blockages may reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Are you at risk?
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes (sugar)
- Heart disease
- Obesity (abnormal amount of fat on the body)
- Sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise)
- Male over age 50
- Female over age 55
- Family history of heart disease
- Family history of heart attack
- Family history of stroke
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Family history of high cholesterol
- Family history of diabetes (sugar)
If you have two or more risk factors, a vascular screening is recommended. Talk to your doctor or call to schedule an appointment.
Schedule a Screening Appointment
We are happy to assist you in scheduling a Baton Rouge Cardiology Center screening appointment.
You may send a request to us through our online contact us form. You may also speak with a scheduling representative directly at (225) 214-7730.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.