Carotid Artery Screening

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.

Who should have a carotid artery/stroke screening

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?

How often to get a carotid artery/stroke screening

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.

How to prepare

When you go to have a stroke / carotid artery disease screening, remember:

  • Wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short-sleeved.
  • Do not wear a turtleneck.