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A 43-year-old member asked:

How common is it to see carotid arteries pulsing through your neck?

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Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
It can be.: If you are able to see your carotid artery pulse in your neck, you're likely quite thin. Rarely a prominent, pulsatile carotid artery in the neck is a sign of a carotid artery aneurysm, an abnormal englargement of the artery which can lead to problems such as stroke or rupture/bleeding. This would be rare in a 43 year old without a history of trauma. See a vascular surgeon to be sure.
Last updated Apr 28, 2021


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