Carotid Ultrasound is the most common test for diagnosing carotid artery disease. Each year, over 960,000 people in the United States die from heart disease or stroke. Most people who have strokes over age 65 are male. Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States and a leading disabler of older Americans. The Carotid Ultrasound is a simple exam that may be performed in 30 minutes in your office and could save years on your patients’ lives.
The major risk factors for carotid artery disease are unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, old age, insulin resistance, diabetes, overweight or obesity metabolic syndrome, lack of physical activity, and/or a family history of atherosclerosis. Please consider a Carotid Ultrasound if your patients have any of these risk factors.