Carotid artery disease develops when fatty deposits (plaques) build up in the carotid arteries, which are blood vessels responsible for delivering blood to the brain and head. When this buildup occurs, the blood supply to your brain is blocked, thus increasing the risk of stroke.
The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) states the appropriate indications for carotid artery testing include, but are not limited to:
- evaluation of patients with stroke
- transient ischemic attacks
- amaurosis fugax
- non-hemispheric neurologic symptoms
- the presence of a carotid bruit
- pulsatile neck mass
- known carotid artery stenosis based on prior testing
Contact our office for an evaluation if you are experiencing these symptoms.