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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can a carotid artery bruit sound come and go? does it mean you have a blockage?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phananswered
General Surgery 22 years experience
See your doctor: This may be early sign of carotid disease. As the carotid narrow blood squeeze through a tight area faster resulting in a bruit that we hear.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Yes bruit can come and go .. Having bruit is not sensitive test to associate with significant stenosis of the carotid artery but if u have bruit u can get a duplex ultrasound test to assess the blockage.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can a carotid artery bruit come and go with time?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Yes: Trick question, but here are my thoughts. A carotid bruit is due to a partial obstruction in the carotid artery. A "sub-clinical" lesion may only give rise to a bruit during periods of intense exercise, when cardiac output is high. In the resting state, a bruit may not exist. At any rate, a carotid bruit in any circumstance should be evaluated.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Also, changes in blood pressure can amplify sound. A bruit can be due to tortuosity of vessels and high pressure or more seriously an obstruction. I agree with Dr. Mackinnon, it should be evaluated either way.
Dec 31, 2011

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