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Carotid Artery Bruit
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
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
My doctor heard no bruits in my carotid arteries. Could there be any benefit, still, to an ultrasound of them?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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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