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A 34-year-old member asked:

When i turn my head i hear a faint swishing sound at my neck. is this normal?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Not necessarily: Sometimes blockages within the arteries of the neck can cause "swishing" sounds. The medical term for this is a "bruit". In the neck this is most often from the carotid artery. The sound is created by turbulence in the blood vessel created when the blood is flowing past a blockage / narrowing. A very simple and non-invasive test for narrowing in the carotid arteries is a carotid ultrasound.
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