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ASHLAND, Ky. – When the carotid arteries are obstructed, individuals are at an increased risk for a stroke, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. There are often no symptoms of carotid artery disease, but screenings may help detect narrow or blocked arteries before an individual has a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). 
King’s Daughters Medical Center, in conjunction with the Kentucky Heart Foundation, is offering free carotid artery screenings, from noon to 3 p.m., Friday, April 13, at King’s Daughters Medical Specialties – Grayson, 609 N. Carol Malone Blvd. 
The screening consists of an ultrasound exam of the carotid arteries to check for blockages and/or weaknesses. The carotid arteries are major blood vessels that serve the brain. Blockages in the carotids can lead to stroke.
The carotid screening is available to people age 50 and older. It is recommended for those who:
• have a history of high blood pressure;
• smoke (or who have smoked);
• have a family history of carotid artery disease/stroke;
• consume a diet high in saturated or animal fats;
• have diabetes; or
• lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Kentucky Heart Institute vascular/endovascular surgeon Brandon Law, M.D. will review results immediately after the screening. 
The screening is free, but appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).  
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