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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ultrasound: You need a carotid doppler.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a bruit be heard (louder?) rt carotid due to temp pressure (occlusion?) from head/neck positions (occupational)? (duplex sched)
Bruit is turbulence: Bruit is due to turbulence, then anything that change smooth flow of blood in your carotid such as an atherosclerotic plaque which causes narrowing the carotid can cause bruit. Change in intensity of bruit might happen due to change in heart rate, and position of your body. By the way in somebody at your aga chance of real bruit due to carotid plaque is very low. ...Read more
Bruit presents in rt carotid artery when lying back (45d), but not while sitting up and calm - is it pos. Not damaged?(duplex ultra scheduled)
Carotid bruits: we are often taught to listen for a carotid bruit in medical school. But there are much better tests. Listening with the stethoscope has limited value in modern clinical practice. The carotid bruit is not always an important finding. It may be present with an entirely normal artery structure. The ultrasound is a much better evaluation of the carotid artery. Expect yours to be fine! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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