What is Stroke?
A stroke or "brain attack" occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks in the brain
When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and disability in America. Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.
Common Stroke Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
- High blood pressure
- Age >55 years old
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Diet high in saturated fats, cholesterol and salt
- Family history of stroke
How Do We Test For Stroke?
- Carotid ultrasound is a simple, painless, non-invasive test which looks for arterial plaque or narrowing in the carotid (neck) arteries.
- After applying gel to your neck, the technician will use a want to take pictures of the arteries.
- The pictures will be reviewed by a local board-certified vascular ("blood vessels") specialist.
Estimated cost - $39