The third leading cause of death in the United States are strokes. Each year in the U.S. 700,000 people suffer from a stroke and about 500,000 are first time attacks. A stroke is caused when there is a disruption of the blood flow to the brain due to a build up of plaque or when the vessel bursts.
Often cardio vascular disease is undetected because there may not be any symptoms before a stroke in some patients. A scan of the carotid arteries can be done to check for any plaque build up (atherosclerosis) that could be dangerous and cause a stroke. During a carotid artery screening the thickness of the intima-media is measured. Studies have shown that the thickness of the artery can show the patients risk of cardiivascular disease.
If caught early, changes in lifestyle and medication can decrease this risk by decreasing the thickness of the artery. Using state-of-the-art edge detection software at Health Screening of Temecula we are able to determine a patient’s IMT measurement. This form of health scanning is very effective and uses no radiation.
Preparation needed for your Stroke / Carotid Artery Disease health screening:
What is Carotid Artery Disease?
If you have carotid artery disease, the arteries become narrow, usually because of atherosclerosis. This is the buildup of cholesterol and other material in an artery. If a blood clot sticks in the narrowed arteries, blood can’t reach your brain. This is one of the causes of a stroke.
Who is at risk?
Each year, over 960,000 people in the United States die from heart disease or stroke. Most people who have strokes are over age 65, and are more commen in men than women. Stroke is the number 3 killer in the US and a leading disabler of older Americans. The risk factors for carotid artery disease are similar to those for coronary artery disease:
What are the symptoms?
You may not have any symptoms of carotid artery disease. Plaque builds up in the carotid arteries over time with no warning signs until you have a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a stroke.