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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

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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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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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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