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Carotid Arteries Massaging Neck
Not likely: A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque. Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
When doing duplex of the carotid arteries, how high up the neck do u see? Where does the sight usually end? Can u see in level with the cheekbones?
Usually up to: the area where the arteries enter the skull. So, no, it does not image the area of cheekbones. It is useful test because atherosclerotic carotid disease is very common where common carotid artery bifurcates into external and internal branches. ...Read more
Stand up and neck start pulsate super strong, do the carotid arteries expand or narrow? took BP and was normal, shouldnt it be high?
Pulsate: With blood flow and pressure, the artery walls will expand with each heart beat, then relax and deflate a bit, and the cycle continues with each heart beat. When you stand up, people can sometimes get a low blood pressure, due to the positional change, and the heart may try to compensate by increasing its heart rate, and therefore, this may be more noticeable in your neck. ...Read more
Inflammation of carotid arteries. I have pain in the right side of my neck. I was told there was nothing that can be done except antinflamatory meds.
Well, yes: cannot say in your particular case without direct exam. AND large vessel autoimmune diseases are treated with high dose steroids. High dose steroids are effective in large vessel disease. Other therapies (anti-rejection drugs, monoclonal antibodies) are being evaluated and likely to be helpful, but are not known definitely to work yet. ...Read more
It can be.: If you are able to see your carotid artery pulse in your neck, you're likely quite thin. Rarely a prominent, pulsatile carotid artery in the neck is a sign of a carotid artery aneurysm, an abnormal englargement of the artery which can lead to problems such as stroke or rupture/bleeding. This would be rare in a 43 year old without a history of trauma. See a vascular surgeon to be sure. ...Read more
Should I pay to do an mri of my neck? I feel my lymphnodes as very small bumps/knots around carotid arteries. But maybe they are normal lymphnodes?TU
What can cause anterior neck pain that comes and goes? Occurs on both sides of windpipe, near carotid arteries. Been happening for 6 months.
See doc: There is no way to tell what the problem may be without a direct inspection and examination of the area involved. If this has been present for 6 months, it is high time you consult your doctor. ...Read more
Are the BP in the arm always the same as in the aorta and the carotid arteries? like when doing pushups do u have the same BP in the arm as in neck?
Yes: If you don't have a blockage (and at 25, you shouldn't), the pressure will be the same. ...Read more
Pain and extreme spasms on the front left side if Murphy neck on the carotid artery and it feels bigger and I think there is a not in it?
Exam/US: get a physicial examand an ultrasound of the neck. ...Read more
So is it impossible to feel normal sized lymphnodes in neck along carotid artery? feels like very small knots but i have very sensitive feeling.......
Nodes: there is great variation in what people feel and interpret from their sensations. The best you can get is your own sensations unless you become a physician and palpate a large range of necks with known lymph node status. Other 'knot' sensations are also possible. ...Read more
Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area.It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse.One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you feel your baby's pulse in your neck? I was told this but i know for a fact its your carotid artery.
My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot.. I'm scared?
Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about,although it is painful and cannot turn neck in all direction. Rx Anti Infalmmatory like Ibuprofen Ice application, Local Muscle recant like Bengay /Flexall/Deep heating and Oral Muscle Relaxant will help you. And if not better in 24 H. get examined by your MD. ...Read more
See ENT: This is not a forum to diagnose your problem. There are numerous possible causes. See your PCP or an ENT Specialist NOW. ...Read more
Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?
Nerve pain: Cannot imagine that pain goes through an artery, though nerves do travel in similar paths. Possibly a trapped nerve in your upper back is causing the shooting pain. Seek pain management advice, or neurology. My be that a steroid injection (seek a physician who is comfortable with neck injections - not all are) would help, or you may need surgery as a last resort. An MRI may be in your future.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My child has been referred to a neurosurgeon due to a narrow carotid artery in the neck. Why is that?
Carotid artery: The carotid artery is one of the main suppliers of blood to the brain and narrowing within this vessel is a major cause of stroke in the us. Narrowing is often found in older adults and a result of atherosclerosis, but in children the cause is commonly fibromuscular dysplasia. Treatment depends on whether your child has had stroke-like symptoms. Vascular surgeons and neurosurgeons can treat fmd. ...Read more
Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?
Lump on the right side of my neck for a year next to the carotid artery. It doesn't hurt and i can move it around but it will pop back into place?
Be seen: It could be many things. See your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more
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