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Overweight female 32yr. At what age should I get my carotids checked for plaques?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Only if symptoms

Research has shown that screening for carotid artery blockages in people with no symptoms (such as a "mini stroke") provides little benefit and may cause a stroke.
It is therefore not generally recommended. If someone has symptoms, though, it is different and testing and surgery may be beneficial. A good iphone app to see a list of general checkup recommendations is my health checklist 2012.

In brief: Only if symptoms

Research has shown that screening for carotid artery blockages in people with no symptoms (such as a "mini stroke") provides little benefit and may cause a stroke.
It is therefore not generally recommended. If someone has symptoms, though, it is different and testing and surgery may be beneficial. A good iphone app to see a list of general checkup recommendations is my health checklist 2012.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not a factor

Obesity per se is not a factor. If you don't smoke, are not diabetic, and not hypertensive, your risk is very low until about 10 years after menopause (endogenous estrogen is protective).
You should get a cholesterol check at least once if it's never been done.

In brief: Not a factor

Obesity per se is not a factor. If you don't smoke, are not diabetic, and not hypertensive, your risk is very low until about 10 years after menopause (endogenous estrogen is protective).
You should get a cholesterol check at least once if it's never been done.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Only if

You are symptomatic.
Screening of carotids only recommended if you have diabetes and other risk factors over the age of 55-65 depending on which study you read. Please correct your risk factors. See stroke.Org for good info.

In brief: Only if

You are symptomatic.
Screening of carotids only recommended if you have diabetes and other risk factors over the age of 55-65 depending on which study you read. Please correct your risk factors. See stroke.Org for good info.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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