Cardiology & Primary Care Services for residents in and around Great Meadows, NJ

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease is when fatty deposits build up on the arteries in your arms, legs, or neck.  When these blood vessels can begin to narrow or harden, it’s called peripheral vascular disease.  Peripheral vascular disease can lead to transient ischemic attacks (TIA), strokes, or pain in the legs during walking (claudication) depending on the location of the lesion.

Peripheral vascular disease can help to be identified by carotid and vascular extremity testing.

How Advanced Cardiology Tests for Carotid Artery Disease

Non-invasive and completely painless, the primary test for carotid artery disease is an ultrasound.  This test allows your doctor to assess the blood flow through important arteries.

With a carotid ultrasound, a sensor is placed on the side of your neck.  The probe is placed on the outside of your legs in the case of a leg ultrasound. Sound waves are then bounced off your blood vessels which creates a picture of the blood flowing through them and revealing any blockages.  The test usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Stay active and heart healthy in Great Meadows, NJ in Warren County. 

Explore Kittatinny Valley State Park for boating, canoeing, cross-country skiing, or trails to hike or mountain bike. Walk around the lands of Waterloo Village, a 19th-century restored village which has working gristmills, sawmills, historic houses, a general store, and a blacksmith shop.  Try a local fitness studio such as Gallery Barre, a mix of yoga, dance, and pilates or Real Time Fitness.  Hydrate with a fresh pressed juice, a healthy smoothie, or an antioxidant boosting acai bowl at Berry Bowls nearby.

Contact our nearest office today to schedule an appointment if you’re concerned you might have Carotid Artery Disease.