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I can hear my heartbeat in my head. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Korona
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Carotid Artery Disease (Definition)

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


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Hearing my heartbeat in my head sometimes. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

Hearing my heartbeat in my head sometimes. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

Can be normal. : High blood pressure more likely. Carotid stenosis can cause a bruit you can hear but is less likely. Best to be examined. ...Read more

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Pulse in my head. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

Pulse in my head. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

No: Carotid artery disease usually become symptomatic when an embolus or clot goes to the brain and cause stroke or mini stroke . Hearing pulse in the head does not indicate the presence or absence of disease. ...Read more

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What does having carotid artery disease mean?

What does having carotid artery disease mean?

Plaque: Plaque or hardening of the arteries forming in the vessels of your neck. Can lead to stroke. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of carotid artery disease with narrowing?

What are the symtoms of carotid artery disease with narrowing?

Stroke: Typically has no symptoms but with advance percentage of narrowing will increase risk of stroke or mini stroke. ...Read more

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Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

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 more

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Is the first step for carotid artery disease an ultrasound?

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 more

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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

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 more

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How do people treat carotid artery disease?

Multiple options: If the narrowing is significant surgery or a stent are used. Before you get to that point blood pressure control, cholesterol lowering medications and blood sugar control are helpful. And obviously no smoking. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


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