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Can you explain what is a carotid bruit?

Can you explain what is a carotid bruit?

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

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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 you explain what is a carotid duplex bilateral?

Could you explain what is a carotid duplex bilateral?

Ultrasound : Test for the arteries in your neck that supply flow to the brain. See radiologyinfo.Org for more information. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

Could you explain what is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

Narrowing: Carotid stenosis means narrowing of the carotid artery. This can cause decreased blood flow to the brain and result in a stroke. Plaque build up at the site of narrowing can also cause plaque pieces flow up to the brain and cause stroke. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stenosis of the carotid artery?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is stenosis of the carotid artery?

Narrowing: "stenosis" means narrowing. Most commonly stenosis of the carotid artery is from atherosclerotic disease, or hardening and buildup of plaque within the artery itself. Atherosclerotic disease of the carotid artery is implicated in stroke and is best monitored by a vascular surgeon, who can easily follow the degree of narrowing by ultrasound on a periodic basis. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a coronary calcium scan?

Docs can you explain what is a coronary calcium scan?

Calcium score: After ct scan of the heart, a physician looks at all of the calcium in the coronary arteries and uses software to calculate a total calcium score. This can give some idea as to the extent of coronary disease and your risk of events in the future. It is important to note that coronary plaques can be calcified, non calcified, or mixed. Calcified plaques tend to be more stable and less vulnerable. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a collapsed vein?

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Docs can you explain what is a collapsed vein?

Venospasm: Veins don't like to be irritated with things like needles. Usually, when someone is talking about a collapsed vein they mean that they have tried to draw blood or start an IV and the vein has gone into spasm as a result of the irritation. The result is that the needle either isn't able to go into the vein or else it goes in but there is no blood return. With time the vein will relax and reopen. ...Read more

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What is biphasic pulse? Does this mean if you feel double beat in your carotid artery you have HCM? How is it detected? Thanks

What is biphasic pulse? Does this mean if you feel double beat in your carotid artery you have HCM? How is it detected? Thanks

Two peaks/heart beat: instead of just one, aka pulsus bisferiens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsus_bisferiens. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, HCM, is only one possible basis by creating subaortic stenosis. Detection is normally by palpation (fell) but this takes some practice & comparison with a similar location normal pulse to appreciate better. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means if you can see an artery pulsing through your skin?

Please explain what it means if you can see an artery pulsing through your skin?

Thin Skinned?: It means you're alive. It could also mean your heart is pumping hard to compensate for a heart valve leak. But don't freak. A lot of people can see their arteries pulsing, especially in the neck or wrist or even the groin area. but if you are concerned go see a doc and it'll be figured-out pretty quick. If you have any weird symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain, that would up the ante. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Myonecrosis: Heart attack is the death of the heart muscles. If there is severe low oxygen from any cause the heart fails and the tissues die. The only experience i know of heart attack per se in young people without known atherosclerosis is when they use drugs like meth and we presume that is due to the vessel vasoconstriction and impeding of blood flow. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is an infundebulum in your brain?

Could you explain what is an infundebulum in your brain?

Infundibulum: The infundibulum (singular) is the stalk connecting the hypothalamus to the posterior pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a carotid endarterectomy.?

Carotid endarterect: Read this: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/carotid_endarterectomy.

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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure i recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you explain results of left carotid artery is 194cm with plaque visual what should be done?

Can you explain results of left carotid artery is 194cm with plaque visual what should be done?

194 cm???: There are a number of different criteria for determining how much narrowing is in the carotid artery based on what velocities are measured. A single value would be difficult to convert to a degree of stenosis. In general the higher the velocity the greater the narrowing. A peak systolic velocity, an end diastolic velocity and a ratio between internal and common carotid velocities are needed. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a bypass surgery that is done to the heart?

Could you explain what is a bypass surgery that is done to the heart?

Bypass surgery: ... Uses blood vessels from your body, like veins from your leg or arteries from your chest or arms, to route blood around blockages in the arteries that distribute blood to your heart (so the blockage is "bypassed"). Your doctor can go into more detail. ...Read more

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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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Docs can you explain what is a "bridge" concerning heart surgery?

Docs can you explain what is a "bridge" concerning heart surgery?

Possible: Myocardial bridge squeezing a coronary- usually the left anterior descending or bridge to transplant use of left ventricular assist devices lvad. ...Read more

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What is it like to have femoral arteriogram: angioplasty for a blockage?

What is it like to have femoral arteriogram: angioplasty for a blockage?

Femoral arteriogram: read this: http://www.medicalhealthtests.com/articles/699/health-articles/femoral-arteriography.html

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Could you tell me what happens to the pupils when you have a stroke or brain aneurysm?

Could you tell me what happens to the pupils when you have a stroke or brain aneurysm?

Variable: Depends on part of brain nerves to eyes threatened. Aneurysm may have unilateral signs dilation brain death dilated fixed wide pupils. Depends. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what "femoral pulses to exclude aortic coarctation" mean?

Can you tell me what "femoral pulses to exclude aortic coarctation" mean?

Yes: Coarctation of the aorta (coa) refers to a heart defect characterized by a narrowing of the aorta that interferes with blood flow to the lower part of the body. This results in strong pulses in the arms (brachial pulse) but weak or absent pulses in the legs (femoral pulse). The finding of normal femoral pulses makes significant coa unlikely. ...Read more

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Carotid Bruit (Definition)

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 ...Read more