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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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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 an acute cerebral vascular accident occur from a carotid endarterectmy?

Could an acute cerebral vascular accident occur from a carotid endarterectmy?

Yes: This is one of the risks of the procedure. More experienced surgeons have lower complication rates. Ask your hospital about complication rates. ...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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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Carotid Bruit (Definition)

A carotid bruit is a sound heard by a stethoscope that is produced from abnormal blood flow in a blood vessel called the carotid artery. The sound usually suggests there is narrowing of the artery and may indicate a condition such as atherosclerosis, in which fatty material collects on ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more