Ultrasound Demonstration of Arterial Plaque
What are we looking for?
We can detect plaque, which is made of cholesterol, fatty substances, calcium and fibrin. The thickening of the artery walls due to inflammation of this material is called Atherosclerosis.
The dangers of plaque
Constriction of blood flow is a concern, but inflammation in the artery wall causes plaque to rupture. This rupture stimulates formation of a blood clot that occludes flow. The result: Heart attack and Stroke.
What can be done
Once we find arterial disease, we identify the root causes and improve them so we can stop and reverse disease. The goal is to heal unstable plaque and prevent more plaque from forming.
Find Disease Early
The key to preventing disaster is finding early arterial disease so that you can stop and reverse it before you have a heart attack or stroke. Even if you have had a heart attack or stroke, fixing the underlying cause will prevent the next event. Find out if you have disease with our Healthy Heart Screen.