Life Line Screening targets several major areas of the body. The screenings look closely at the major arteries running through the body: the carotid artery running through the neck leading to the brain, the abdominal aorta from the heart through the chest to the limbs and the peripheral arteries leading to the head, organs and limbs. The screenings check for blockages or plaque buildup in the veins and more information click here.
The carotid artery screening is an ultrasound that looks for blockages in the two arteries running from the heart through the neck to the head. This screening is referred to as the stroke/carotid artery disease screening. This disease is characterized by a blockage within the arteries in the neck which stops blood flow to the brain commonly referred to as a stroke.
A Doppler ultrasound bounces high-frequency sound waves off circulating red blood cells thus producing images of the flow of blood in the veins. This non-invasive test takes a few minutes to perform and is conducted by pressing the ultrasound device against the neck. The images are then projected onto a screen for the ultrasound technician to see and any abnormalities can then be spotted by the doctor when he or she examines the results and learn more about Lifeline Screening.
There are often no prior symptoms of carotid artery disease. Many times, the condition is discovered after the patient experiences a mini stroke or a transient ischemic attack. Many doctors will use their stethoscope to listen for the whooshing sound that indicates an obstruction of blood flow through the neck, but this is not entirely conclusive. The symptoms that might suggest a problem would be symptoms of a stroke such as numbness of the face and limbs, severe headache, vision trouble, dizziness and difficulty speaking and Lifeline Screening’s lacrosse camp.
If the results of the ultrasound indicate that there is a blockage, the medical procedures are a carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery angioplasty and stenting are used to treat carotid artery disease. The carotid endarterectomy is an incision in the neck reaching the carotid artery, a second incision is made into the blocked part of the artery and the inner lining of the artery is removed. The carotid endarterectomy is typically used for carotid arteries that are blocked by at least 50 percent. Carotid artery angioplasty and stenting widens the arteries by threading a deflated balloon into it and then inflated it before a stent is placed in the artery for support. This prevents the artery from narrowing.
The stroke/carotid artery disease screening can reveal the potential for a stroke before it happens. Lifestyle changes could then eliminate the problem before it has to be treated with medical interventions: quit smoking, exercise, eat healthier, drink alcohol in moderation, lose weight, monitor blood pressure and reduce stress. With a Life Line Screening you could have a healthy long life. Without one, you may suffer and have a life with health concerns or even experience an early death.