What is Stroke?
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the #1 cause of adult disability, affecting about 750,000 people every year, and the incidence appears to be increasing.
Every year in the United States 120,000 women and 102,000 men under the age of 45 suffer strokes!
Twice as many women die of stroke than breast cancer every year.
80% of strokes are preventable – early detection remains the best weapon against stroke and cardiovascular disease.
80% of strokes are preventable
Over 40? You’re at risk.
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When this happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. The most common type of blockage is within the internal carotid artery, caused by the excessive accumulation of plaque in the artery walls. The common carotid artery extends up the side of the neck and divides into the internal carotid artery, which supplies the blood to the brain, and the external carotid artery, which supplies blood to the face and scalp.
If you are over 40 you may be at risk!
Schedule an appointment for a simple screening that could save your life!
Carotid Arterial Screening
Using the state-of-the-art SonoSite Turbo®, this screening is a painless, non-invasive ultrasound of your carotid arteries to check for plaque formation. Carotid blockage accounts for 80% of all strokes, 50-75% of which could be prevented with screening and education.
Abdominal Aorta Screening
The Aorta is the main artery (blood vessel) in your body. Coming out of the heart, the aorta travels down the center of the chest, into the abdomen and splits into the two arteries that supply blood to the legs. This screening is a quick and painless ultrasound of the abdominal area. The aorta should measure less than three centimeters in width. When the aorta measures greater than 3 cm, an aneurysm is suspected. An aortic aneurysm is a generalized enlargement or bulging in an area(s) of the aorta and is 85% fatal if not detected.
Ankle Brachial Index Screening
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition similar to Coronary Artery Disease, where fatty deposits build up in the arteries restricting blood flow. Using Ultrasound Doppler, we measure the systolic pressure of the brachial artery in the upper arms and the ankle artery in the legs. The results are then calculated using a mathematical ratio to determine if there is any reduction in blood flow to the extremities.