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What does mild to moderate hard plaque in carotid arteries

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what does mild to moderate
hard plaque in carotid arteries mean
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  doctornihil replied 7 years ago.


Carotid ultrasound is done to assess the extent of blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries.

Mild to moderate plaque means calcification of your arteries which happens with age.

Calcified arteries have less capacity to expand for increasing the blood flow when demand is increased in the brain.

In other words, moderate calcification may increase the risk of stroke.

Controling the blood pressure, cholesterol can reduce the chances of further calcification.

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