Your body is made up of an unimaginable number of veins, arteries, and blood vessels. They’re all valuable, but some are of even higher significance. The carotid artery is one of these important vessels as it is tasked with feeding fresh, oxygen-rich blood to your brain. When this artery becomes blocked with plaque, it makes it difficult for your body to pump blood to your brain, potentially leading to long term cognitive difficulties.
The test that your cardiologist will likely use to diagnose this issue is called a carotid ultrasound. You’re familiar with the word ultrasound as a test used to capture images during pregnancy. It’s also used to capture images of the arteries inside your body.
During a Carotid Ultrasound, the technician will place a handheld transducer on the area in question on one or both sides of your neck. The test is generally fairly short, but can also be combined with other tests. Since this is a simple diagnostic test, there is no recovery and many patients can return to their normal lives as soon as it’s over. Your cardiologist will be able to advise you on what level of activity is healthy for you.
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