Area Residents are Invited to Participate in a Free Carotid Artery Screening, August 1 and August 29, 2009

Jul 10, 2009

Princeton, NJ - Every year, thousands of Americans suffer strokes as a result of carotid artery disease. Kenneth Goldman, MD, FACS, a board certified surgeon and vascular surgeon with Princeton HealthCare System, and principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded study, will be examining the effectiveness of a new ultrasound screening device for carotid artery disease. Two screening dates are scheduled as part of the study: Saturday, August 1 and Saturday, August 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at University Medical Center at Princeton, 281 Witherspoon Street, in Princeton.

To be considered a candidate for the study, participants must be 65 years of age or older and have at least one of the following risk factors:

- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- Heart disease

The carotid arteries are blood vessels that carry blood to the brain. In a healthy carotid artery, the inside of the artery is open. The lining of the artery is smooth, and blood flows freely from the heart to the brain, providing the brain with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function well. Certain health problems can make the carotid arteries narrow and rough. Over time, this damage increases the chances of stroke (sudden loss of brain function). Health factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes can damage arteries, making them rough. This allows cholesterol and other particles in the blood to stick to the walls and form plaque (fatty deposits). As the plaque builds up, it can narrow the arteries and form blood clots.

Screening for carotid artery disease is important, because not everyone experiences recognizable symptoms of a stroke. If left untreated, carotid blockages (stenosis) can represent a life-threatening condition.

To schedule your screening time, please call 609.921.7223