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Doctor insights on: Carotid Arteries Massaging Neck

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Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my 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 more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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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?

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

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Stand up and neck start pulsate super strong, do the carotid arteries expand or narrow? took BP and was normal, shouldnt it be high?

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

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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.

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

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How common is it to see carotid arteries pulsing through your neck?

How common is it to see carotid arteries pulsing through your neck?

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

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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

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

Not necessarily: It would be easier and cheaper to see a surgeon experienced in evaluating neck masses. He or she may be able to tell you that you don't need anything right now. ...Read more

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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

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more