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What Does a Carotid Ultrasound ...

What Does a Carotid Ultrasound Show?

A carotid ultrasound can show whether buildup of a fatty material called plaque has narrowed one or both of your carotid arteries and reduced blood flow to your brain.

Illustration of an artery showing normal blood flow through the artery and also showing narrowing of the artery with abnormal blood flow.

The illustration shows a normal artery with normal blood flow (figure A) and an artery containing plaque buildup (figure B).

If your carotid arteries are narrowed by plaque, you may be at risk for having a stroke. That risk depends on how much of your artery is blocked and how much blood flow is restricted. To reduce your risk for stroke, your doctor may recommend medical or surgical treatments to reduce or remove the plaque buildup in your carotid arteries.


Author/Source: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, Division of the National Institutes of Health [NIH]

Retrieved: June 2008

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