A carotid ultrasound is a painless diagnostic test that helps your cardiologist diagnose any blockages or narrowing in your carotid arteries. Performed by your Tomball, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiana, carotid ultrasounds help keep you in top cardiovascular health—read on to learn more!
What is a carotid ultrasound?
A carotid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of your carotid arteries. During the test, your cardiologist can see the blood flowing through your vessels, evaluate blood flow, and determine the health of your arteries.
When is a carotid ultrasound recommended?
Your cardiologist may recommend an ultrasound if you've had a stroke in the past or have transient ischemic attacks (TIA). TIAs, also called "mini-strokes," occur when blood flow becomes temporarily blocked, and they are a major warning sign that you're at an increased risk of stroke.
Carotid ultrasounds are often used as a screening test to determine if you have a disease or condition that can cause blockages or narrowing of the carotid arteries, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes. If other members of your family have a history of strokes or heart disease, your heart doctor may recommend that you undergo an ultrasound to check for problems.
What happens during the ultrasound?
Before your ultrasound begins, a gel will be applied to both sides of your neck. A handheld probe called a transducer will then be moved across the arteries in your neck. The transducer sends real-time images to a monitor, allowing your cardiologist to see how well blood flows through the arteries, identify any abnormalities, and diagnose carotid artery issues, such as a build-up of plaque that narrows the arteries.
Carotid ultrasounds provide valuable information that can help lower your risk of stroke. Call your Tomball, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiana at (281) 357-5700 to schedule an appointment.