This study showed that obesity was strongly associated with significant atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries in patients ages 39-55 years old. Of course, weight, cholesterol, diabetes and smoking was also taken into account. It is actually very easy to screen and detect carotid blockages. However, unless you have certain symptoms, or we physicians can actually hear a murmuring sound (bruit) when the stethoscope is placed on the carotid artery, your insurance company WILL NOT pay for this.
The test that we do in the office only takes about 15 minutes and uses sound waves to determine if any carotid artery blockages are present.
Since we know that insurance companies will not cover it, we only charge $99 for the screening.