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Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

Generally not: A bruit is the sound of irregular blood flow. They can lead to a stroke which may in fact result in a headache. You need further investigation. ...Read more

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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 carotid bruits go away by itself?

Can carotid bruits go away by itself?

Yes: A carotid bruit is due to turbulent flow from a blockage in the carotid artery. The natural course of carotid disease / atherosclerosis is progression over time. This is especially true if people still smoke. When the blockage in a carotid artery becomes near occlusive, the flow rate drops and the bruit typically goes away. ...Read more

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Am I too young to get carotid bruits? I am 18 years old.

Am I too young to get carotid bruits? I am 18 years old.

Bruit yes, block no: 50% of bruits have no stenosis. However you need to be sure you don't have a congenital or aquired condition that could cause it. ...Read more

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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

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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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Can a carotid stent cause me to have a headache due to more blood flow?

Can a carotid stent cause me to have a headache due to more blood flow?

Yes: It is not unusual to have headaches on the side of the stent soon after carotid stenting, especially if the carotid stenosis was high grade. These headaches usually resolve within days. Severe headache accompanied by hypertension in this setting can be worrisome and should be discussed with your doctor, as it can be a sign of reperfusion syndrome. ...Read more

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Can a carotid bruit cause a persistent humming in my ear?

Can a carotid bruit cause a persistent humming in my ear?

Yes: A bruit is basically the turbulence in an artery caused by a blockage. A good analogy would be when a nice wide silently flowing river narrows and gets very turbulent and loud like a rapid. If the humming you hear is pulsatile / cyclical then it could very well be coming from your carotid arteries. A simple carotid ultrasound can help evaluate the arteries to rule out any narrowing. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Again?: I believe you have asked this question several times in different ways. You need to see someone to get a handle on your symptoms. I suspect that anxiety may be contributing significantly to this. ...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?

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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more