Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease is the leading cause of strokes. More than 50% of stroke victims present no warning signs. After the age of 55, the risk of stroke doubles every 10 years. Most significantly, 97% of the adult population cannot name a single warning sign of a stroke.
To be honest, I didn’t even know what a carotid artery was. They are the blood vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. The carotid arteries are located in your neck and carry blood to your brain. Over time, they can become narrow and reduce the blood to the brain, which can result in a stroke.
There are ways to make sure you are safe from carotid disease. Life Line Screening uses a painless and non-invasive Doppler ultrasound technology to provide images of the carotid arteries. It shows both sides of your neck and measures the velocity of the blood flow through these vessels.
The technologist applies a gel on your neck over your carotid arteries. Then, a painless instrument called a transducer is moved around your neck to actually visualize the inside of the carotid artery.
One thing I found interesting is that your dentist also can discover a problem. Dentists have discovered that routine x-rays taken in their surgeries can help diagnose carotid stenosis, a condition that can cause a stroke.
The x-rays are commonly used to diagnose bone disease, dental disease, cysts or tumors in the mouth, but also to visualize the carotid arteries.
Medical News Today
Published On: November 09, 2006