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Carotid Artery Disease Screening

Your carotid arteries are the two large blood vessels in your neck that supply blood to your brain. When these arteries become clogged with cholesterol, which is known as narrowing of the arteries, it can cause a blood clot. If a blood clot occurs in the carotid arteries, then blood cannot reach your brain which could result in a stroke.

Ultrasound Screening for Carotid Artery Disease Risk

We offer an artery ultrasound screening to help you understand your carotid artery disease risk.

  • Carotid Artery Disease Ultrasound Screening
    • Simple, painless and non-invasive, this artery ultrasound screening uses cutting-edge Doppler colour flow technology to create images of the carotid arteries. This will help to assess blood flow through them and whether you have narrowing of the arteries. 

Who should have a carotid artery ultrasound screening? 

  • Anyone over age 50
  • Anyone over age 40 with risk factors 

How often should I get a carotid artery ultrasound screening test?

  • Annually*

*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your GP. 

How do I prepare for a carotid artery screening?

  • Wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short-sleeved
  • Do not wear a turtleneck or polo-neck sweater

Warning signs

  • There are often no warning signs or symptoms of carotid artery disease.

Risk factors

  • Family history of carotid artery disease, narrowing of the arteries or coronary artery disease
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

Book an artery ultrasound today by clicking on the 'Book a Screening' button at the top of the page and find out if you are at risk.

Should someone who has already had a stroke be screened?

If you have already had a stroke, it is still a good idea to get a carotid artery scan on a regular basis. However, you should check with your doctor before doing so. If you already have the disease, it is possible that you will be able to get regular scans via your GP, or insurance company.

What happens if my results are abnormal?

You will receive your results in the post within 21 days of the date of your screening. However, if we find a condition that requires immediate attention, we will notify you on the day of your screening. 

If your results are not normal, you will receive a detailed report of the findings along with instructions to see your GP for further evaluation.

How is carotid artery disease treated?

Should the results of your carotid artery screening show an issue, your GP can conduct further tests. The results of these will determine the best course of action. This can include lifestyle changes, medication, and medical procedures.

Making small changes to your lifestyle can have a big impact on your health. By altering your lifestyle you could help prevent carotid artery disease or keep it from getting worse. For example, a healthy diet and regular exercise* can make all the difference. If you are overweight and/or smoke, it is important to address these issues immediately. For some people, these changes may be the only treatment needed. 

However, in more severe cases, you may require medication or in a very small number of cases, surgery. Once you have the results from our screening, your GP will be able to advise on the most appropriate course of action.

An early diagnosis can help you stop the disease from getting worse and can help you avoid a stroke. 

Book your scan today

 *Check with your GP before physical activity to find out how much and what kinds of activity are safe for you.