Carotid Artery Disease shows no symptoms until a transient ischemic attack or stroke happen.
Depending on your medical history, your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and order an imaging test of the carotid arteries to rule in (or rule out) Carotid Artery Disease.
In case of a confirmed transient ischemic attack or stroke imaging of the carotid arteries will be done immediately.
Your doctor may use a stethoscope to listen to the arteries in your neck.
If an abnormal sound, called a bruit, is heard it may reflect turbulent blood flow, indicative of a narrowed carotid artery.
However, bruits are not always present when there are blockages, or they may be heard even when the blockage is minor.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you have had any symptoms, such as those listed above. Imaging tests include: