" Your doctor has recommended that you receive a test called a Carotid Ultrasound.
Carotid Ultrasound is a simple, painless way of assessing blood flow through your carotid arteries.
Atherosclerotic vascular disease (hardening of the arteries) continues to be of major concern to physicians in their treatment of aging patients. This is a progressive disease caused by a slow build-up of cholesterol deposits (Plaque) within the arteries. The deposits of plaque that form on the artery walls can cause a significant decrease of blood flow to muscles and vital organs. When this condition is present in the Carotid Arteries, there is a much higher risk of stroke. This is a treatable and surgically correctable condition."
It's covered by insurance and can be done in a doctor's office. I'm 64 and I'm glad I had it done. My plaqque buildup was normal for my aging body and I needn't go on cholesterol drugs.