Artery Testing


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Next we want to look at the arteries from the heart, all the up into the brain and there are three major tests that we’ll do to evaluate that. Any of the three are reasonable to use and that’s often dependent on the institution that you’re at, what they excel at. The first one that we would consider something called the carotid ultrasound. A carotid ultrasound is noninvasive where they put an ultrasound device over your neck and can actually look at the blood flow of the carotid artery. The next one is something called an MR-Angiogram and that’s just an Mri where they actually, they change the settings on the MRI machine to look at blood vessels rather than the brain sitting still. And the last option is something called a CT angiogram. Ct Angiogram is a cat scan or a CT scan and what they’ll do is they’ll inject dye and as that dye goes through your vessels, they can actually track it with the CT scan. Any of those three may be reasonable to do. Next we’ll want to look at the heart, the structure of the heart, and the rhythm of the heart. So the first way we do that is with a 12 lead EKG. So they put the leads on your, on your chest and look at your heart rhythm. And then next we actually do an echocardiogram frequently looking at the structure of the heart, looking at the valves, looking for anything that could cause a clot. Last thing, and this actually has a blood test, is going to be looking at your blood glucose, looking for any signs of diabetes, how well the diabetes is controlled, and then also your cholesterol. Another thing that we want to be very aware of because treating that can reduce your risk of future stroke.

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