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    Carotid Ultrasound

    A carotid ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses sound waves to create images of the carotid arteries in the neck, which deliver blood from the heart to the brain.

    During a carotid ultrasound, a smooth probe is slowly moved up and down the neck to trace the arteries, measure blood flow, and look for abnormalities or blockages.

    What is Carotid Ultrasound used for?

    A carotid ultrasound is usually performed to determine if there is an abnormality or a blockage of the carotid arteries that could lead to ischemic stroke. A carotid ultrasound may also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a surgical procedure, such as a carotid endarterectomy to remove a blockage or an angioplasty to widen a narrowed artery.

    Am I a good candidate for Carotid Ultrasound?

    You may be a good candidate for a carotid ultrasound if you have symptoms of carotid artery disease or if you have any of the following stroke risk factors:

    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Family history of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in blood vessels), heart disease, or stroke
    • Recent transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
    • Abnormal sound in your carotid arteries (bruit), which is detected with a stethoscope
    • Unhealthy diet
    • Unhealthy weight

    Early detection of a blockage or an abnormality of the carotid arteries can decrease your risk for stroke.

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    About Barrow Neurological Institute

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.