The carotid artery/stroke disease screening procedure is simple, painless, and non-invasive. You will be asked to lie on your back on an exam table. After applying gel to your neck, the technologist will move an instrument called a transducer on your neck to create images of the carotid arteries and assess the rate of blood flow within them.
Anyone over age 50, or over age 40 with risk factors for stroke, carotid artery disease, or atrial fibrillation (also known as irregular heartbeat), should have a carotid artery/stroke screening. Are you at risk for stroke?
This is a personal decision based on your risk factors and previous carotid artery screening and atrial fibrillation screening results. Many of our customers choose to have annual carotid artery/stroke screenings as part of their regular healthcare regimen. Remember that getting your carotid artery disease screening along with the atrial fibrillation screening provides you with a more complete assessment of your stroke risk.
When you go to have a stroke / carotid artery disease screening, remember: