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Stroke from Atherosclerosis

Alternate Names : Brain Attack

Stroke from Atherosclerosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The diagnosis of atherosclerosis is based on symptoms and a clinical examination. An atherosclerotic plaque, or a buildup of fat and other substances, can be seen on a carotid Doppler test. This test provides an image of the inside walls of the main arteries, called the carotid arteries, which take blood to the brain. An echocardiogram, which is a test using ultrasound waves to look at the heart, can also pick up atherosclerotic plaques.

Cranial MRIs and cranial CT scans may be ordered to show the type, size, and location of the stroke.

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Stroke from Atherosclerosis: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Tamara Miller, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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