Should I get a screening ultrasound of my carotid arteries to evaluate for my risk of stroke?
MedHead Confidence Score: 8
Amount Saved: $588 carotid doppler cost
There is no reason to check for carotid stenosis (which may lead to stroke) with an ultrasound. The harms of screening actually outweigh benefits. Those harms being your pocketbook for one thing, and unnecessary procedures as another, which have potential health harms.
1. http://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/american-academy-family-physicians-carotid-artery-stenosis/ 2. https://www.mdsave.com/procedures/carotid-ultrasound-doppler/d783feca