Role of carotid duplex imaging in carotid screening programmes – an overviewReportar como inadecuado

Role of carotid duplex imaging in carotid screening programmes – an overview - Descarga este documento en PDF. Documentación en PDF para descargar gratis. Disponible también para leer online.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound

, 6:34

First Online: 04 July 2008Received: 09 March 2008Accepted: 04 July 2008


BackgroundStroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK and the largest single cause of severe disability. Each year more than 110,000 people in England suffer from a stroke which costs the National Health Service NHS over GBP2.8 billion. Thus, it is imperative that patients at risk be screened for underlying carotid artery atherosclerosis.

AimTo assess the role of carotid ultrasound in different carotid screening programmes.

MethodsA literature overview was carried out by using PubMed search engine, to identify different carotid screening programmes that had used ultrasound scan as a screening tool.

ResultsIt appears that the carotid ultrasound is an effective method for screening carotid artery disease in community as it effectively predicts the presence of stenosis with high accuracy. There is a need for primary care to recommend high risk patients for regular screening, to reduce stroke and transient ischemic attack TIA related morbidity and mortality.

ConclusionScreening programmes using carotid ultrasonography contribute to public health awareness and promotion which in long term could potentially benefit in disease prevention and essentially promote better standards of healthcare.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1476-7120-6-34 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Download fulltext PDF



Documentos relacionados