Ultrasound Doppler Carotid
- Appointment Required: Mandatory
- Fasting Required: No Need
- Reports Available: Same day
A carotid ultrasound is an exam that combines two types of ultrasound to look for blockages in your carotid arteries. It is simple and painless. The carotid arteries are located along both sides of your neck. Blocked carotid arteries are a major risk factor of stroke.
Other names for a carotid ultrasound are:
carotid artery Doppler sonography
carotid artery duplex scan
carotid artery ultrasound
carotid duplex scan
Understanding carotid artery disease
As we age, our arteries tend to develop a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque buildup is related to:
- not getting enough exercise
- having overweight or
- having certain genetic factors, such as a family history of arterial disease
If plaque builds up in your carotid arteries, it’s called.
According to the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, around 1 percent of 50- to 59-year-olds and 10 percent of 80- to 89-year-olds have narrowed or blocked carotid arteries.