Carotid Ultrasound Imaging

Detects Hidden Plaques

 

An ultrasound scan is a noninvasive test that can be

performed easily and quickly in your physician's office.

Using a handheld ultrasound probe, the physician can scan

the carotid arteries in the neck to detect hidden plaque buildup

and increased thickness of the artery wall. The entire test is painless, and there is no exposure to the dangerous radiation.

 

 

 

 

What do your arteries look like?  

Clogged or clean?  Thick or thin?

 

Carotid ultrasound imaging allows the physician to scan for two

signs of atherosclerosis:

 

1. Increased CIMT - the thickness of the inner two layers (intima and media) of the carotid artery wall is known as a carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT). Having a high CIMT compared to others of your age, gender, and ethnicity will place you at higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

2. Visible carotid plaque - the presence of plaque places you in a higher risk category.

 

Leading medical associations agree that performing carotid ultrasound imaging to scan for plaque and measure CIMT can

help to determine your risk of heart attack or stroke. These

organizatons include the American Heart Association (AHA),

the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the Society

for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q:  What are the warning signs of plaque?

 

A.  There are often no warning signs!  Most victims of heart attack or stroke are caught

completely off-guard, as they had no prior symptoms.

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