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Could a carotid artery bruit come and go ?

Could a carotid artery bruit come and go ?

Yes: If you have a bruit and it goes away the vessel probably has closed completely. ...Read more

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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Can a carotid artery bruit come and go with time?

Can a carotid artery bruit come and go with time?

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

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Can a carotid artery bruit sound come and go? Does it mean you have a blockage?

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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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)

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 more

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My doctor heard no bruits in my carotid arteries. Could there be any benefit, still, to an ultrasound of them?

Yes: Yes, there can be carotid stenosis without audible bruits, so if your doctor is looking for stenosis, or characterization of atheromatous plaque, carotid ultrasound could be useful. ...Read more

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Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Not usually: A bad trauma can cause dissection of vertebral and carotid arteries at the same time but rare. Carotid bruit can indicate a stenosis which is usually atherosclerosis. Fibromuscular dysplasia can cause narrowing. Fmd is usually in women. Fmd can affect the vertebral arteries and the carotid arteries. Fmd can cause dissection in vertebral and carotid arteries. ...Read more

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Is a stethoscope quite accurate way for listening for bruit in Carotid Artery from a Cardiologist?

 Is a stethoscope quite accurate way for listening for bruit in Carotid Artery
from a Cardiologist?

Stethoscope: In gods, careful examination a stethoscope can be an effective screening tool. However, the human ear will miss critical blockage and it is better to use ultrasound and Doppler for more accurate assssment ...Read more

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Had a carotid artery ultrasound and doctor also heard bruit, what do they mean?

Had a carotid artery ultrasound and doctor also heard bruit, what do they mean?

Narrowing in artery: When there is significant narrowing in carotid artery-that would create turbulant and that can be heard on examination and called carotid bruit. Go to see your doctor and discuss re- ultrasound finding and further management . Good luck. ...Read more

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My mother is in her 90's and her cardiologist said he heard a bruit in her carotid artery for the first time. is this significant at this age?

A carotid bruit is: significant at any age. The question is whether you will want to do anything about it at that age. If she has not had a stroke or any symptoms you will probably do nothing. Maybe additional diagnostic evaluation is warranted with ultrasound but surgery is probably not a consideration. Options for additional evaluation as well as additional intervention should be discussed with her health care. ...Read more

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Would flying affect a carotid bruit?

Depends on the: Degree of carotid occlusion, not the intensity of the bruit. If the occlusion is severe enough, inadequate oxygen will reach the brain and can cause fainting or even worse a stroke. Get an opinion from your cardiologist. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Carotid Bruit (Definition)

A carotid bruit is a sound heard by a stethoscope that is produced from abnormal blood flow in a blood vessel called the carotid artery. The sound usually suggests there is narrowing of the artery and may indicate a condition such as atherosclerosis, in which fatty material collects on ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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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