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Can Bruits Come And Go
Can a bruit come and go? My rheumatologist heard it in routine exam, however, my vascular ultrasound was normal. I am not even sure if a bruit exists.
Bruits are a sound which may represent a narrowing of blood vessel
however an ultrasound is much more definitive and if n abnormality is found you can ely on that test ...Read more
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
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
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
14 yr old fainted while sitting 4 weeks ago. In last 5 mnths lost 17 pounds unintentional. 1st AM Urine shows protein of 30, midday 100. Aorta bruit heard. Ecg shwd possible atrial enlrg. Aorta velocity of 1.89 on vasc u/s. R/o Ideas? Go from here?
Proper workup: Junior needs a full history and physical, including a stool guaiac, and probably a Holter monitor for 24 hours. There are red herrings here -- I suspect the proteinuria is orthostatic. Aortic bruits are common in healthy young kids, and need to be distinguished from a renal artery bruit. Ultrasonography could clarify this, as well as whether there is real pathology in the heart. ...Read more
Doc heard bruit in caroited arteries only at rest & goes away during exercise. Doppler ultra sound & cardiac stress tests both normal. Why??
Bruit: Not all things that get called bruits are pathologic. With a normal doppler probably ok. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Blood flow: Increased blood flow to the enlarged glad causes this. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Ultrasound: You need a carotid doppler.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
What would a corotid artery bruit indicate - what are insignificant and significant possibilities?
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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