• Carotid Artery Plaque Screen

    Carotid artery plaque is the most common cause of strokes, which affect about 800,000 Americans every year and are the fourth leading cause of death in USA. Regular screening combined with lifestyle improvements are one of the best ways to slow down the progression of plaque and reduce the risk of strokes.
     
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  • How does carotid artery plaque cause strokes?

    Arterial plaque buildup is a complicated process that is not yet fully understood by scientists. However there are a wide range of factors that influence plauqe buildup in your arteries, including: genetics, LDL/HDL cholesterol levels, inflamation and insulin resistance. Many of these factors can be influenced by your diet and exercise regimen. A poor diet high in carbohydrates can cause plaque buildup in your arteries, which eventually leads to a stroke or heart attack.

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  • How can carotid artery screening help reduce my stroke risk?
    Carotid artery plaque is reversible through lifestyle changes. Our carotid artery screening program helps you detect the presence of plaque and gives you time to take preventative measures. Our screening also includes a post-scan consultation with one of our experienced physicians, who can help you identify possible lifestyle changes to reduce your stroke risk.
     

  • Is carotid artery plaque screening right for me?
    Atherosclerotic plaque is a serious, yet reversible, condition. In our opinion, most middle-aged men or women should complete a baseline examination to understand their risk. If you are overweight or have several other risk factors such as a family history or a personal history of high triglycerides, low HDL, high dense-LDL, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary artery diseases, etc., a screening examination can be especially informative.

  • How often should I get screened?
    Your screening schedule will depend on the findings of your initial exam. If you are found to have a moderate to large arterial plaque, you may need to undergo significant lifestyle changes and more frequent follow-up exams. In contrast, if you have minimal plaque, follow-up exams can occur once every few years.

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