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A member asked:

My mother is in her 90's and her cardiologist said he heard a bruit in her carotid artery for the first time. is this significant at this age?

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 43 years experience
A carotid bruit is: significant at any age. The question is whether you will want to do anything about it at that age. If she has not had a stroke or any symptoms you will probably do nothing. Maybe additional diagnostic evaluation is warranted with ultrasound but surgery is probably not a consideration. Options for additional evaluation as well as additional intervention should be discussed with her health care.

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