Stroke is the third leading killer in the United States, resulting in the following statistics annually:
160,000 deaths (3rd leading cause of death)
266,000 survivors with permanent disabilities
30,000 new permanent admissions to nursing homes
Over 4 million living survivors of stroke
Every 45 seconds in the USA, someone has a stroke
Huge economic impact with costs of $40-$70 billion per year
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel feeding the brain is clogged or bursts, causing a sudden disruption in the blood flow to the brain. Carotid artery disease is the leading cause of strokes. More than 50% of stroke victims present no warning signs. After the age of 55, the risk of stroke doubles every 10 years. Most significantly, 97% of the adult population cannot name a single warning sign of a stroke.
When the carotid arteries become blocked with plaque (atherosclerotic plaque), blood flow to the brain is compromised.
InSight Ultrasound Specialists uses painless and non-invasive Doppler colorflow ultrasound technology to provide images of the carotid arteries on both sides of your neck and measure the velocity of the blood flow through these vessels.