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How can you test for arteriosclerosis?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends where it is

Most tests aim to detect plaque causing obstruction to blood flow (e.
g. Stress test to look for narrowing in coronary artery). However, atherosclerosis builds up slowly over time, and ideally should be detected before causes blockages. Doppler tests of carotid arteries or legs can image nonobstructive plaque in these locations noninvasively, and tell you if you're predisposed to this problem.

In brief: Depends where it is

Most tests aim to detect plaque causing obstruction to blood flow (e.
g. Stress test to look for narrowing in coronary artery). However, atherosclerosis builds up slowly over time, and ideally should be detected before causes blockages. Doppler tests of carotid arteries or legs can image nonobstructive plaque in these locations noninvasively, and tell you if you're predisposed to this problem.
Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Image Artery Walls

It was long promoted (based on angiographic view & assumptions) that ds always produced narrowing despite lots of contradictory data.
By the mid-1980s, with better analysis & checking evidence, it started to become apparent that plaque stimulated artery enlargements & narrowing was due to clots in the openings triggered by plaque rupture. Thus look at artery wall & wall thickness, not narrowing.

In brief: Image Artery Walls

It was long promoted (based on angiographic view & assumptions) that ds always produced narrowing despite lots of contradictory data.
By the mid-1980s, with better analysis & checking evidence, it started to become apparent that plaque stimulated artery enlargements & narrowing was due to clots in the openings triggered by plaque rupture. Thus look at artery wall & wall thickness, not narrowing.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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