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Dr found swelling or possible mass above my thyroid. Said it could be carotid artery bulb. Followup in 2wks. Should I be concerned? What's going on?

Dr found swelling or possible mass above my thyroid. Said it could be carotid artery bulb. Followup in 2wks. Should I be concerned?  What's going on?

Hard to say?: If you are not acutely ill, wait on the testing and trust your doctor to find all of this out. Concerned? Yes. Worried? Probably not. I would not know what is going on and that is what your doctor is attempting to do. Try to not let anxiety get the best of you here and be patient and wait for the further testing. ...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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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Exceedingly unlikely: The chances of this happening are extremely remote. Having said that we are always extremely cautious in examining patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. I have personally witnessed at least one patient getting a stroke after a carotid artery examination--fortunately he recovered. So it is theoretically possible to get a stroke large enough to cause death, but the odds are extremely small. ...Read more

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Can your carotid artery spasm?

Can your carotid artery spasm?

Not really: Carotid disease cause stroke, only fmd (fibromuscular dysplasia) causes muscular spasms but they are typically asymptomatic... ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really : Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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What does narrowing of the carotid artery mean?

Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external( face) and internal(brain) components. It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke. Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99% there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject. ...Read more

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Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

No: A dowager's hump will not affect carotid artery flow. Disease in the carotid artery will affect flow. ...Read more

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Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Yes: As we age there is some thickening of the wall-intima. But it is a sign of potential atherosclerosis, and risk factor change is encouraged. Stop smoking check blood pressure aha diet or weight control appropriate cardiovascular exercise etc. ...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