Carotid and Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound
The Carotid and Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound is a useful test utilized at Preventive Cardiology of New York (PCNY). This test evaluates the overall structure and health of the carotid and vertebral arteries. These arteries are located on either side of the neck, and are tasked with the responsibility of carrying blood to the brain. These arteries are susceptible to the accumulation of plaque, or “atherosclerosis”, which is an indicator of the potential for stroke, as well as a marker for overall cardiovascular health.
The Carotid and Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound Test
The Carotid and Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound test utilizes high-frequency ultrasound to create a visualization (like the one pictured below) of the blood vessel walls and blood flow within the carotid and vertebral arteries. Ultrasound waves are sent through a device called a transducer to evaluate the carotid and vertebral arteries, looking at the structure and function of the vessels to detect plaque build-up and blood flow disturbances. This allows Dr. Lee Marcus to determine the health of these vital arteries.
As stated above, this preventive cardiology service provided by Dr. Lee Marcus of PCNY is an important measure to determine risk of stroke among patients. The results of a Carotid and Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound will immediately provide the information on the status of these critical vessels, their level of plaque build up, and thickness of their lining. Dr. Lee Marcus will interpret the results and assess the patient’s risk, so that a treatment plan can be carefully crafted if necessary.
Diagnosing abnormalities of the carotid and vertebral arteries allows the patient to begin making lifestyle changes and undergo proper treatment to ensure their vascular health. Dr. Lee Marcus will develop a plan specifically for each individual’s unique risk to ensure that the proper measures are taken for preventive care, or secondary treatment if needed.
Contact PCNY today to learn more about Carotid and Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound, a preventive approach to preventing vascular disease.