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

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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Can bruits change their sound as time passes?

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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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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How does an ultra sound work?

How does an ultra sound work?

Sound waves: Diagnostic ultrasound, sonography, or diagnostic is imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of structures within your body. Images provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. Imaging of dynamic structures, heart, blood vessels, gall bladder, liver, spleen, appendix, uterus .Ovaries, brain newborn, etc. ...Read more

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How to get a good sound sleep?

How to get a good sound sleep?

Sleep hygiene: Is very important , after all we r creatures of habit , in addition excersize before 4 pm , avoid coffee , tea , caffeinated beverage and alcohol at bed time. ...Read more

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Can i eat before an ultra sound?

Can i eat before an ultra sound?

Depends on the type: If you are having an ultrasound of your abdomen, you cannot eat for about 6 hours ahead of time. If you are having a thyroid or neck ultrasound, you can eat. If you are having a scrotal ultrasound, you can also eat. ...Read more