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If you’re experiencing blurry vision, slurred speech, or loss of equilibrium, you might want to consider getting a carotid ultrasound. Sunshine Walk-In Clinic in Lake Mary, Florida, led by Anita Gupta, MD, uses carotid ultrasounds to ensure that blood flow from your heart to your brain properly functions. To learn more about the procedure, and see if it’s right for you, schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool today. You can also walk into the clinic without an appointment anytime.
You have two carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck, that transfer blood from your heart to your brain.
A carotid ultrasound is a painless procedure that examines the blood flow through your carotid arteries. Tests show if there’s a blockage or a narrowing of the carotid arteries, which determines if you’re at risk for stroke.
A carotid ultrasound can also check the following:
If your doctor sees that your carotid arteries aren’t functioning at their highest potential, treatment can begin immediately to ward off the possibility of more serious issues.
You may need a carotid ultrasound if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:
In addition, you may need a carotid ultrasound if you suffer from certain conditions, including:
See your doctor at Sunshine Walk-In Clinic if you have any symptoms that cause alarm. A carotid ultrasound can help get to the root of your issue so a treatment plan can be provided.
When you visit Sunshine Walk-In Clinic for your test, your practitioner applies a warm gel to your skin above each carotid artery on your neck. The gel is used to transmit ultrasound waves back and forth.
The testing begins with a small device called a transducer, which emits soundwaves to record the echo of waves bouncing off your tissues, organs, and blood cells. The transducer is gently pressed against each side of your neck.
A computer then reads the soundwaves and converts them into a live-action monitor that shows the rate of blood flow through the arteries. The pain-free procedure takes about 30 minutes.
If you’d like to schedule a carotid ultrasound at Sunshine Walk-In Clinic, call the office today or book your appointment online. The clinic also sees walk-in patients.