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How can carotid ultrasound help in the diagnosis of atherosclerosis?

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This test uses ultrasound waves to provide pictures of blood flow in the arteries of the neck. Because atherosclerosis affects arteries in general, detecting blockages in the neck arteries suggests that it is highly likely that blockages are present in other parts of the circulatory system (including the coronary arteries).

SOURCE: American Heart Association. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

SOURCE: American Heart Association. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

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