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I Can Hear My Heartbeat In My Head Is This Indicative Of Carotid Artery Disease
NO.: The carotid artery in the neck forks into two branches at the ear level. Just as in a river fork, flow at the fork is turbulent. This turbulence is what some people hear, even though there may be no narrowing in the artery. Next time you see your doctor have him/her listen over the carotid artery. If there is a bruit (swishing noise) there, an ultrasound study should be obtained. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Carotid artery disease is a condition that involves the narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries. The carotid arteries are blood vessels located on the each side of the neck that provide the main blood supply for the brain. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart ...Read more
Very rarely,if ever.: Usual is amaurosis fugax, like a shade coming down over the vision of one eye only, but not both.An unusual variation is bright light amaurosis, brought on in one eye when in bright light, because the extra light puts more demand on the retina.The key in all vision changes with carotid disease is that it is monocular, a point missed by most practitioners.If a symptom affects both eyes, not carotid! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, generally: Ultrasound is the best screening tool for carotid disease. It is non-invasive and gives flow data in real time. Carotid ultrasound is advised for people with multiple risk factors (age over 65, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, strong family history, smoking), people with symptoms of stroke or an abnormal noise (bruit) in the neck on exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be concerned with a new side effect of carotid artery disease? I have been suffering from carotid artery disease, however recently i started seeing black spots. I know that this is a side effect, but should I be concerned of this sudden appearanc
Yes: Yes, you should be concerned as you may have an ulcerated plaque or an irrregular lining to your carotid vessels that supply the brain. If a piece breaks off and goes through your neck into your ophthalmic artery the blood supply to your eye it could be causing these black spots. I would see medical consultation immediately. Your body could be warning you that a stroke is coming. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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