Joint guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), American Stroke Association (ASA), and other healthcare groups suggest that carotid duplex ultrasound may be considered for patients without symptoms (asymptomatic) who have peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerotic aortic aneurysm, or at least two risk factors for stroke including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Tobacco smoking
- A first-degree relative with atherosclerosis that developed before age 60
- A family history of ischemic stroke
The American Heart Association (AHA) also states that carotid duplex ultrasound is a reasonable approach for asymptomatic patients with carotid bruit, an abnormal sound that may indicate turbulent blood flow, detected by a stethoscope when placed on top of the carotid arteries in the neck.
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A written referral is required.