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Can you explain what is a carotid bruit?

Can you explain what is a carotid bruit?

Turbulent flow: Think of blood flow like a river. Now dump a bunch of rocks in one spot. This makes for choppy rapids. The bruit is just the sound of the choppy, turbulent blood flow. The concern is that the turbulence may be due to narrowing by plaque, which can lead to stroke. Ultrasound will be able to diagnose. ...Read more

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Bruit (Definition)

Bruit refers to a sound, heard via a stethoscope, of blood when it flows through a narrowed opening. As blood flows through a narrow diameter within a vessel, the velocity of flow increases and also becomes more turbulent. The importance of this sound is that, if your doctor hears it, it can signify underlying atherosclerosis--i.e. Build-up ...Read more


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Could you explain what is a carotid duplex bilateral?

Could you explain what is a carotid duplex bilateral?

Ultrasound : Test for the arteries in your neck that supply flow to the brain. See radiologyinfo.Org for more information. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

Could you explain what is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

Narrowing: Carotid stenosis means narrowing of the carotid artery. This can cause decreased blood flow to the brain and result in a stroke. Plaque build up at the site of narrowing can also cause plaque pieces flow up to the brain and cause stroke. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stenosis of the carotid artery?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stenosis of the carotid artery?

Narrowing: "stenosis" means narrowing. Most commonly stenosis of the carotid artery is from atherosclerotic disease, or hardening and buildup of plaque within the artery itself. Atherosclerotic disease of the carotid artery is implicated in stroke and is best monitored by a vascular surgeon, who can easily follow the degree of narrowing by ultrasound on a periodic basis. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a coronary calcium scan?

Docs can you explain what is a coronary calcium scan?

Calcium score: After ct scan of the heart, a physician looks at all of the calcium in the coronary arteries and uses software to calculate a total calcium score. This can give some idea as to the extent of coronary disease and your risk of events in the future. It is important to note that coronary plaques can be calcified, non calcified, or mixed. Calcified plaques tend to be more stable and less vulnerable. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a collapsed vein?

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Docs can you explain what is a collapsed vein?

Venospasm: Veins don't like to be irritated with things like needles. Usually, when someone is talking about a collapsed vein they mean that they have tried to draw blood or start an IV and the vein has gone into spasm as a result of the irritation. The result is that the needle either isn't able to go into the vein or else it goes in but there is no blood return. With time the vein will relax and reopen. ...Read more

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What is biphasic pulse? Does this mean if you feel double beat in your carotid artery you have HCM? How is it detected? Thanks

What is biphasic pulse? Does this mean if you feel double beat in your carotid artery you have HCM? How is it detected? Thanks

Two peaks/heart beat: instead of just one, aka pulsus bisferiens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsus_bisferiens. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, HCM, is only one possible basis by creating subaortic stenosis. Detection is normally by palpation (fell) but this takes some practice & comparison with a similar location normal pulse to appreciate better. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means if you can see an artery pulsing through your skin?

Please explain what it means if you can see an artery pulsing through your skin?

Thin Skinned?: It means you're alive. It could also mean your heart is pumping hard to compensate for a heart valve leak. But don't freak. A lot of people can see their arteries pulsing, especially in the neck or wrist or even the groin area. but if you are concerned go see a doc and it'll be figured-out pretty quick. If you have any weird symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain, that would up the ante. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Myonecrosis: Heart attack is the death of the heart muscles. If there is severe low oxygen from any cause the heart fails and the tissues die. The only experience i know of heart attack per se in young people without known atherosclerosis is when they use drugs like meth and we presume that is due to the vessel vasoconstriction and impeding of blood flow. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is an infundebulum in your brain?

Could you explain what is an infundebulum in your brain?

Infundibulum: The infundibulum (singular) is the stalk connecting the hypothalamus to the posterior pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a carotid endarterectomy.?

Carotid endarterect: Read this: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/carotid_endarterectomy.

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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure i recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you explain results of left carotid artery is 194cm with plaque visual what should be done?

Can you explain results of left carotid artery is 194cm with plaque visual what should be done?

194 cm???: There are a number of different criteria for determining how much narrowing is in the carotid artery based on what velocities are measured. A single value would be difficult to convert to a degree of stenosis. In general the higher the velocity the greater the narrowing. A peak systolic velocity, an end diastolic velocity and a ratio between internal and common carotid velocities are needed. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a bypass surgery that is done to the heart?

Could you explain what is a bypass surgery that is done to the heart?

Bypass surgery: ... Uses blood vessels from your body, like veins from your leg or arteries from your chest or arms, to route blood around blockages in the arteries that distribute blood to your heart (so the blockage is "bypassed"). Your doctor can go into more detail. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a "bridge" concerning heart surgery?

Docs can you explain what is a "bridge" concerning heart surgery?

Possible: Myocardial bridge squeezing a coronary- usually the left anterior descending or bridge to transplant use of left ventricular assist devices lvad. ...Read more

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What is it like to have femoral arteriogram: angioplasty for a blockage?

What is it like to have femoral arteriogram: angioplasty for a blockage?

Femoral arteriogram: read this: http://www.medicalhealthtests.com/articles/699/health-articles/femoral-arteriography.html

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Could you tell me what happens to the pupils when you have a stroke or brain aneurysm?

Could you tell me what happens to the pupils when you have a stroke or brain aneurysm?

Variable: Depends on part of brain nerves to eyes threatened. Aneurysm may have unilateral signs dilation brain death dilated fixed wide pupils. Depends. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what "femoral pulses to exclude aortic coarctation" mean?

Can you tell me what "femoral pulses to exclude aortic coarctation" mean?

Yes: Coarctation of the aorta (coa) refers to a heart defect characterized by a narrowing of the aorta that interferes with blood flow to the lower part of the body. This results in strong pulses in the arms (brachial pulse) but weak or absent pulses in the legs (femoral pulse). The finding of normal femoral pulses makes significant coa unlikely. ...Read more

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Can you explain what is a carotid bruit?

Turbulent flow: Think of blood flow like a river. Now dump a bunch of rocks in one spot. This makes for choppy rapids. The bruit is just the sound of the choppy, turbulent blood flow. The concern is that the turbulence may be due to narrowing by plaque, which can lead to stroke. Ultrasound will be able to diagnose. ...Read more

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Can flying affect a carotid bruit?

Can flying affect a carotid bruit?

No: A carotid bruit is noise from turbulent flow caused by a blockage in the carotid artery. Flying does not make the turbulence go away and will not affect a carotid bruit. ...Read more

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Would flying affect a carotid bruit?

Depends on the: Degree of carotid occlusion, not the intensity of the bruit. If the occlusion is severe enough, inadequate oxygen will reach the brain and can cause fainting or even worse a stroke. Get an opinion from your cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Carotid bruit?

Sound: A carotid bruit indicates turbulent flow in the carotid artery. If a carotid bruit is noted, then a carotid duplex ultrasound would be helpful to determine if there is in fact carotid artery disease. ...Read more

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I have a carotid bruit, what should I expect in terms of treatment?

Bruit: Sometimes a trivial degree of blockage can lead to a bruit. Sometimes as the blockage gets very severe the bruit, previously heard - disappears so a bruit by itself isn't very helpful or worrisome. If a new bruit is discovered one should simply obtain a carotid duplex scan to determine the true nature of the stenosis if any. ...Read more

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Lightheadness, vertigo, possible carotid bruit: should I be worried?

Lightheadness, vertigo, possible carotid bruit: should I be worried?

Yes get checked out: Symptomatic carotid artery disease places you in a higher risk category for a stroke, and indicates a need for a surgery called a carotid endarterectomy. This involves removal of the plaque buildup in the artery. In conjunction with medications, diet modification, and exercise, the procedure will lower your risk of cerebrovascular events. ...Read more

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Will flying affect you if you have a carotid bruit? What about altitude sickness?

Should not: Bruit in the neck is a poor predictor of significant carotid disease . Flying and high altitude has no impact on carotid disease. ...Read more

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Have a carotid bruit. Will see cardio. On mon. What kind i expect and what kind of treatment is normal for this? Thank you.

Have a carotid bruit. Will see cardio. On mon. What kind i expect and what kind of treatment is normal for this? Thank you.

Ultrasound: Carotid bruit is turbulent blood flow which can be heard with a stethoscope. It does not mean there ids significant blockage or narrowing. An ultrasound is a painless first test which which will determine the degree of blockade and if further testing or treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I have a carotid bruit. What should I expect for follow-ups with the doctor?

Ultrasound: You need a carotid ultrasound. If the ultrasound reveals that you have carotid stenosis of significance you might need surgery. If you have mild to moderate disease you will need to have an ultrasound on a serial basis typically every six months. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex when I have a carotid bruit?

Is it safe to have sex when I have a carotid bruit?

Yes: A carotid bruit is simply a noise caused by turbulent flow in the carotid artery. The amount of stenosis causing the turbulent flow is best quantified with a carotid duplex scan. Most of the time, the degree of stenosis is not critical and then one would be safe to engage in any activity, including sex. A critical stenosis should prompt a consultation to a board certified vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my physician tells me I have a right carotid bruit?

What does it mean if my physician tells me I have a right carotid bruit?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any types of heart murmurs which sound similar to carotid bruit?

Yes: There are heart murmurs that can sound similar to carotid bruits. Particularly, the murmur of aortic stenosis (a tight aortic valve) can mimic the sound of a carotid bruit because the sound of the murmur radiates up into the neck area. A physician can perform maneuvers that distinguish between sounds emanating from the heart and those from a diseased carotid artery. ...Read more

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Can an acute cerebral vascular accident occur from a recent carotid bruit?

Can an acute cerebral vascular accident occur from a recent carotid bruit?

Yes: The bruit may represent carotid stenosis, plaque blocking the artery. If a piece of plaque or clot breaks off, then it can travel to brain causing cva/stroke. Doppler should reveal nature of bruit. Vascular surgeon may be consulted to do endarterectomy or stent, if merited. ...Read more

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Normal echo 18months ago. Now have systolic murmur over aorta and carotid bruit. Is it possible for damage to develop so quickly?could this be benign?

Normal echo 18months ago. Now have systolic murmur over aorta and carotid bruit. Is it possible for damage to develop so quickly?could this be benign?

Unlikely : At your age it is unlikely the the carotid 'bruit' means anything is wrong. The murmur is hard to evaluate without further testing. Non invasive eco testing could clear up most of your concerns and probably should be performed. ...Read more

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Can a carotid bruit cause a persistent humming in my ear?

Can a carotid bruit cause a persistent humming in my ear?

Yes: A bruit is basically the turbulence in an artery caused by a blockage. A good analogy would be when a nice wide silently flowing river narrows and gets very turbulent and loud like a rapid. If the humming you hear is pulsatile / cyclical then it could very well be coming from your carotid arteries. A simple carotid ultrasound can help evaluate the arteries to rule out any narrowing. ...Read more

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My medical charts say i have Carotid Bruit what does this mean? I also have Mitral valve prolapse I continuously have shortness of breath chest pain a

Carotid bruit is: an abnormal sound heard due to blood flow turbulence in your carotid artery. This sound can be attributed to a carotid artery aneurysm, dissection or partial blockage, or the same diagnoses in the aortic artery further upstream. Please see a vascular surgeon or cardiologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Could a carotid artery bruit come and go ?

Could a carotid artery bruit come and go ?

Yes: If you have a bruit and it goes away the vessel probably has closed completely. ...Read more

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Can a carotid artery bruit come and go with time?

Can a carotid artery bruit come and go with time?

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. ...Read more

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Carotid Bruit (Definition)

A carotid bruit indicates turbulent flow in the carotid artery. If a carotid bruit is noted, then a carotid duplex ultrasound would be helpful to determine if there is in ...Read more