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Bruit (Overview)

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 of plaque--narrowing an artery.


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Can bruits cause any pain?

Can bruits cause any pain?

Not usually: A bruit is just the sound of turbulent blood flow, like the rapids of a river. These tend to be found at places of narrowing or plaque buildup. The symptoms tend to be related to low perfusion or plaque breaking off. Not all bruits are harmful; not all narrowing has bruit. Ultrasound and/or ct/mri can help diagnose. ...Read more

Bruit (Overview)

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 of plaque--narrowing an artery.


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What a bruit is and what it means.?

What a bruit is and what it means.?

Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. The most common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis either in the chest arteries or neck arteries. A fair number of healthy people can have a benign bruit due to turbulent flow. A few tests - carotid ultrasound, ankle brachial index can establish if there is atherosclerosis. If you do have atherosclerosis, medical management, no smoking is key. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bruit?

What is the definition or description of: bruit?

A sound blood makes: 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 of plaque--narrowing an artery. ...Read more

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What is a bruit and what does it sound like?

A coarse souncd oved: Due to increased flow or turbulent flow due to a blockage. ...Read more

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Can bruits change their sound as time passes?

Yes: Bruits can change their sound depending on the degree of blockage. In the carotid arteries, for example, as a blockage is almost complete (> 90%), the bruit actually goes away! This is why a bruit is not the best way to evaluate someone for carotid disease. An ultrasound is much more accurate! ...Read more

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How are aortic bruits fixed?

Depends: Bruits are caused by turbulent blood flow in blood vessels. If this is caused by narrowing of a blood vessel and is leading to symptoms or other medical problems, then they might need to be fixed. ...Read more

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I was found to have a cardiac bruit. What is this exactly and what are the causes?

Misunderstanding: A cardiac murmur is a noise that can be detected when the examiner listens with his/her ears - usually through a stethoscope. It's caused by turbulence of blood flow through a valve or a chamber. When a murmur is detected outside the heart, it's called a "bruit". Thus, there is no such thing as a "cardiac bruit". Some bruits are quite normal - for instance, they're often found in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What do bruits in the abdomen indicate?

Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. A common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis but a fair number of healthy people can have a benign bruit due to turbulent flow. A few tests - ultrasound, ankle brachial index can establish if there is atherosclerosis. If you do have atherosclerosis, medical management, no smoking is key. ...Read more

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Can carotid bruits go away by itself?

Can carotid bruits go away by itself?

Yes: A carotid bruit is due to turbulent flow from a blockage in the carotid artery. The natural course of carotid disease / atherosclerosis is progression over time. This is especially true if people still smoke. When the blockage in a carotid artery becomes near occlusive, the flow rate drops and the bruit typically goes away. ...Read more

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What test in done for a abdominal bruit?

What test in done for a abdominal bruit?

Doppler: Doppler study, which is an ultrasound test will be done for the evaluation of abdominal bruits. ...Read more

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The dr said he heard abdominal bruit. What is this and can it be life threating?

The dr said he heard abdominal bruit. What is this and can it be life threating?

Bruits are turbulent: 42 y/o female says Dr heard abdominal bruit, asks if life threatening? Bruits are turbulent flow over narrowed/blocked Artery usually caused by hardening/clogging of artery by Arteriosclerosis or dislodged particles (emboli) in the blood stream. Some are life threatening while others are not. Abdominal Aorta bruit usually at point of dilation of the medial tunica tearing away from clogged intima ...Read more

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Can I get rid of my bruit through exercise? Because when I was smaller I heard no noise in comparison to being 42lbs overweight now.

Can I get rid of my bruit through exercise? Because when I was smaller I heard no noise in comparison to being 42lbs overweight now.

Bruit: A bruit is due to turbulent blood flow, often from atherosclerotic (plaque) buildup. It's detected via auscultation by your provider so I don't think it's something you could detect yourself. Perhaps you're thinking of something else? Regardless - if you're 42 lbs overweight then exercise and weight loss are a good thing. ...Read more

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What would a corotid artery bruit indicate - what are insignificant and significant possibilities?

What would a corotid artery bruit indicate - what are insignificant and significant possibilities?

Carotid disease: Disease of carotid artery usually a blockage need carotid ultra sound to measure the exact percentage of the blockage. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for abdominal bruit? Is it surgery?

What is the treatment for abdominal bruit? Is it surgery?

Bruit: A bruit is a noise heard usually by stethoscope, caused by noisy blood flow in a vessel. We look for the cause of the bruit and if there is something which needs to be dealt with causing it, we act. Some things need surgery, many don't; ask your doctor what's the story. ...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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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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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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Am I too young to get carotid bruits? I am 18 years old.

Am I too young to get carotid bruits? I am 18 years old.

Bruit yes, block no: 50% of bruits have no stenosis. However you need to be sure you don't have a congenital or aquired condition that could cause it. ...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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With an av shunt for dialysis, will I still hear the bruit?

With an av shunt for dialysis, will I still hear the bruit?

No: The bruit is usually heard with a stethoscope by your physician. You may however feel the "thrill" of the fistula, which is similar to a cat purring. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a 'bruit' be detected in the neck arterey cause a stroke?

Yes, can happen: If the bruit is secondary to carotid stenosis, there is a very high risk of stroke, and this needs to be addressed without delay. ...Read more

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22 and thin, nonsmoker. Dr found an abdominal aortic bruit today. She didn't seem concerned, should I be?

22 and thin, nonsmoker. Dr found an abdominal aortic bruit today. She didn't seem concerned, should I be?

Likely flow: Due to thin body habitués but a vascular ultrasound may be in order...Wouldn't worry until more information obtained. ...Read more

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Bruit heard in both sides of cartiod arteries and abdomen, should I be concerned? Dr said no worries just being safe with echo!

Bruit heard in both sides of cartiod arteries and abdomen, should I be concerned? Dr said no worries just being safe with echo!

Yes and no: First step is for you to have the ultrasound of your neck, to determine if there is a partial blockage of the carotid arteries. Generally if you have less 50% blockage (stenosis), you do Not need surgery! Just need to continue to monitor and control your cholesterol to prevent further blockage.
For your abdomen, the ultrasound will help determine if you have an "abdominal aortic aneurysm." ...Read more

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Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

No: A carotid bruit is a sign of turbulence in the carotid artery. This not typically associated with headache. A bruit should be followed up with an ultrasound as it could be a sign of significant carotid stenosis. ...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