Carotid Ultrasound: Prevention Menu

Prevention of Diseases Indicated by a Carotid Ultrasound

In the subject of prevention as related to the applications of carotid ultrasound, prevention is for the disease for which carotid ultrasound is indicated: atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis involving the carotid artery can cause plaques and thrombus-formation that narrow the lumen and alter the flow of blood to the brain and/or release thrombi to distal arterial branches to cause ischemic stroke.

Prevention involves discerning and managing risk factors for the etiologies of carotid disease:

  • Treat hypertension with weight loss, diet, exercise, and anti-hypertensive medication. 
  • Treat metabolic syndrome with weight loss, diet/nutrition consultation, and exercise.
  • Treat dyslipidemia (elevated LDC-cholesterol, low HDL-cholesterol, and elevated triglycerides) with statin drugs. 
  • Strict glycemic control in diabetics.
  • Scrupulous surveillance of those with carotid disease, history of TIAs or stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperglycemia,  and those with a family history of cardiovascular disease.
  • Smoking cessation. 
  • Prevention of Carotid Disease Progression
  • Carotid ultrasound screening for those with carotid disease, history of TIAs or stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperglycemia,  and those with a family history of cardiovascular disease.
  • Medical management.
  • Surgical management with carotid endarterectomy or carotid stenting.
  • Postoperative carotid ultrasound.
Advertisement

Vascular Health Clinics is a regional multi-specialty program. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Vascular Health Clinics products or services. Policy

© Copyright 2018 Vascular Health Clinics. All rights reserved.

This information is provided by Vascular Health Clinics and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

Vascular Health Clinics News & More