Asymptomatic Patients


The echocolor Doppler of the extracranial vessels is the test of choice for the diagnosis and the monitoring of the cerebrovascular disease, having indications: 1) in the asymptomatic patient; 2) in the symptomatic patient; 3) in the follow-up.

In the asymptomatic patient, the carotid intima-media thickness and the carotid plaque are indicators of preclinical atherosclerotic disease: in this phase the echocolor Doppler is, therefore, important to identify individuals at high cardiovascular risk.

Ultrasound study of extracranial vessels is useful to detect carotid plaque in patients with cardiovascular risk factors without clinical evidence of atherosclerosis, in patients with coronary artery disease or hypertension, and in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease or atherosclerotic aortic aneurysm.

In this lesson, the indications of the ultrasound study of the extracranial vessels in the asymptomatic patient are presented.


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