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Assessment of Carotid Artery Disease

Patients with proven or suspected carotid artery disease will usually undergo a number of investigations.

In the first instance a full history and physical examination will be recorded by the examining doctor. Blood tests will be undertaken to look at, amongst other things, kidney function and cholesterol levels.

Nearly all patients will undergo at least one duplex ultrasound scan to assess the degree of narrowing of the artery. Most Vascular surgeons in the UK will not operate to clear a narrowed carotid artery until it is at least 70% narrowed.

If the duplex ultrasound scan is inconclusive, or if the surgeon requires further information before making a treatment decision, patients may also undergo further more detailed imaging of the carotid arteries with an angiogram (x-ray of the artery) 

 

To download our patient information sheet on carotid artery disease and carotid endartarectomy, click here

 

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