A 38-year-old member asked:
What does it mean if my physician tells me i have a right carotid bruit?
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Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Turbulence in Artery: A carotid bruit is a "swishing" sound heard when listening to the neck with a stethoscope. The noise is turbulence caused by blood flowing past a blockage in the artery. These blockages are most often formed by plaque build-up / atherosclerosis. Interestingly this finding correlates with mild to moderate blockages not blockages near or greater than 90%. An ultrasound is the next best test.
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Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
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Family Medicine 25 years experience
Blood flow : A bruit is just a sound heard in a blood vessel that represents turbulent blood flow. In the carotid it could possibly represent a narrowing in the artery. Hearing a bruit does not automatically mean that there is something wrong though.
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Last updated Aug 16, 2020
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