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Is it safe to have sex when I have a carotid bruit?

Is it safe to have sex when I have a carotid bruit?

Yes: A carotid bruit is simply a noise caused by turbulent flow in the carotid artery. The amount of stenosis causing the turbulent flow is best quantified with a carotid duplex scan. Most of the time, the degree of stenosis is not critical and then one would be safe to engage in any activity, including sex. A critical stenosis should prompt a consultation to a board certified vascular surgeon. ...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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Is it safe to have an endoscapy when you have a head cold?

Is it safe to have an endoscapy when you have a head cold?

Yes and no: It is safe to have an upper GI endoscopy with a head cold, but you are reliant on breathing through your nose. If you have a head cold, it will be more difficult to breathe and the procedure may be more uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have sex when I have kidney stent?

Is it possible for me to have sex when I have kidney stent?

Yes: By 'kidney stent', do you mean an internal catheter which goes from the kidney to the bladder, or, do you mean a metal stent in the kidney artery to keep it open? Either way, there is no reason you would not be able to have sex. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex when you have an eye injury?

Is it safe to have sex when you have an eye injury?

Good question: Anything that causes eye pain or that can risk further injury to the eye should be avoided. If the injury required suturing, there can be a risk of sutures breaking from bearing down. It is advisable to ask the doctor who treated you for your specific injury what level of activity you can engage in safely. ...Read more

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I am 45 and have a Bartholins cyst. Is it safe to have intercourse? Is it safe to drain it myself?

I am 45 and have a Bartholins cyst. Is it safe to have intercourse? Is it safe to drain it myself?

Yes and no: yes in general, intercourse is not a problem,but it will be painful. no and no AND NO, do not ever attempt to drain it yourself see your PCP or your GYN ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex even though I have a broken arm?

Is it safe to have sex even though I have a broken arm?

Absolutely: Might even release more endorphins to help with the pain, and cortisol to help with healing. ...Read more

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I have also had a dvt. I explained to my old family physician that I had a senstion in my head like a balloon and then it popped. My doctor at the time beleived it to be an anurism. They can't find any evidence of it though and I continue to have have

I have also had  a dvt.  I explained to my old family physician that I had a senstion in my head like a balloon and then it popped.  My doctor at the time beleived it to be an anurism.  They can't find any evidence of it though and I continue to have have

Not enough info: Dvt and intracranial aneurysms are not related. Your symptoms do not in fact sound much like an aneurysm. Had an aneurysm ruptured you would have likely had a stroke and imaging would clearly show the problem. Something else needs to be considered. To determine what would require a detailed history and physical. ...Read more

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Is it good to have sex when you have a broken wrist?

Is it good to have sex when you have a broken wrist?

No problem: It is no problem, but the missionary position is not advisable. You do not want to lean on your injured wrist. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have sex when you have a UTI ?

Is it okay to have sex when you have a UTI ?

Yes: If you feel up to it, sex should pose no issue. Just remember that birth control pills will not be effective for up to 30 days following a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have spondylilothesis. Is it possible that this is causing an obstruction in my vagina? I have not been able to have intercourse for 3 years.

I have spondylilothesis. Is it possible that this is causing an obstruction in my vagina?  I have not been able to have intercourse for 3 years.

No: It would be very difficult to have such an anterior movement of the sacrum to cause obstruction of the vagina. If you have been sexually active in the past, you shouldn't have any problems except normal changes of the vagina related to menopause. The vaginal tissue gets thinner and more fragile because of the hormone changes related to menopause making intimacy more uncomfortable. ...Read more

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When is it safe to have sex after a pacemaker insertion?

When is it safe to have sex after a pacemaker insertion?

Pacemaker: The heart disease that indicated the need for the pacer dictates the activity level. Many pacer patients have no problem having sex. The pacer itself is not limiting from sexual activity. Ask the dr. Who ordered/implanted the device. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex if you have a concussion?

Is it safe to have sex if you have a concussion?

Concussion: Its probably best to hold off on strenuous activity, such as sex, until your symptoms from concussion are completely resolved. You should consider sex like any other exercise - and we typically say that an athlete should not return to play until their symptoms are no longer present, including headache, dizziness, etc. ...Read more

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What is mono, a doctor on this app said I have it after having protected sex yesterday and I'm curious as to what it is and if it is serious or not?

What is mono, a doctor on this app said I have it after having protected sex yesterday and I'm curious as to what it is and if it is serious or not?

Viral sore throat : mononucleosis is a viral infection spread by close contact, does not have to be a sexual partner. It is simply a sore throat that will resolve on its own, but contact sports should be avoided as you may have done inflammation in your liver from the virus. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex with a dvt?

Is it safe to have sex with a dvt?

Depends: Ambulation after the acute phase of DVT is usually recommended early. Return to normal physical activity follows gradually and varies on an individual basis. You should consult with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have massage when you have a kidney stone?

Is it safe to have massage when you have a kidney stone?

Yes : Yes. I know of no validated data that shows that any type of body massage is either contraindicated, unsafe, or dislodges/promotes passage of a kidney stone into the ureter potentially causing pain and/or obstruction. The same answer (no restrictions) would basically apply to physical and sport activities as well. Kidney stones actually more common with a sedentary lifestyle. ...Read more

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Can a bruit come and go? My rheumatologist heard it in routine exam, however, my vascular ultrasound was normal. I am not even sure if a bruit exists.

Can a bruit come and go? My rheumatologist heard it in routine exam, however, my vascular ultrasound was normal. I am not even sure if a bruit exists.

Carotid brut: bruits are a sound which may represent a narrowing of blood vessel
however an ultrasound is much more definitive and if n abnormality is found you can ely on that test ...Read more

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Is it safe to have sex when I have a carotid bruit?

Yes: A carotid bruit is simply a noise caused by turbulent flow in the carotid artery. The amount of stenosis causing the turbulent flow is best quantified with a carotid duplex scan. Most of the time, the degree of stenosis is not critical and then one would be safe to engage in any activity, including sex. A critical stenosis should prompt a consultation to a board certified vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a carotid bruit. What should I expect for follow-ups with the doctor?

I have a carotid bruit. What should I expect for follow-ups with the doctor?

Ultrasound: You need a carotid ultrasound. If the ultrasound reveals that you have carotid stenosis of significance you might need surgery. If you have mild to moderate disease you will need to have an ultrasound on a serial basis typically every six months. ...Read more

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I have a carotid bruit, what should I expect in terms of treatment?

Bruit: Sometimes a trivial degree of blockage can lead to a bruit. Sometimes as the blockage gets very severe the bruit, previously heard - disappears so a bruit by itself isn't very helpful or worrisome. If a new bruit is discovered one should simply obtain a carotid duplex scan to determine the true nature of the stenosis if any. ...Read more

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Will flying affect you if you have a carotid bruit? What about altitude sickness?

Should not: Bruit in the neck is a poor predictor of significant carotid disease . Flying and high altitude has no impact on carotid disease. ...Read more

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Have a carotid bruit. Will see cardio. On mon. What kind i expect and what kind of treatment is normal for this? Thank you.

Have a carotid bruit. Will see cardio. On mon. What kind i expect and what kind of treatment is normal for this? Thank you.

Ultrasound: Carotid bruit is turbulent blood flow which can be heard with a stethoscope. It does not mean there ids significant blockage or narrowing. An ultrasound is a painless first test which which will determine the degree of blockade and if further testing or treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Can flying affect a carotid bruit?

Can flying affect a carotid bruit?

No: A carotid bruit is noise from turbulent flow caused by a blockage in the carotid artery. Flying does not make the turbulence go away and will not affect a carotid bruit. ...Read more

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Can you explain what is a carotid bruit?

Turbulent flow: Think of blood flow like a river. Now dump a bunch of rocks in one spot. This makes for choppy rapids. The bruit is just the sound of the choppy, turbulent blood flow. The concern is that the turbulence may be due to narrowing by plaque, which can lead to stroke. Ultrasound will be able to diagnose. ...Read more

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Lightheadness, vertigo, possible carotid bruit: should I be worried?

Lightheadness, vertigo, possible carotid bruit: should I be worried?

Yes get checked out: Symptomatic carotid artery disease places you in a higher risk category for a stroke, and indicates a need for a surgery called a carotid endarterectomy. This involves removal of the plaque buildup in the artery. In conjunction with medications, diet modification, and exercise, the procedure will lower your risk of cerebrovascular events. ...Read more

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Would flying affect a carotid bruit?

Depends on the: Degree of carotid occlusion, not the intensity of the bruit. If the occlusion is severe enough, inadequate oxygen will reach the brain and can cause fainting or even worse a stroke. Get an opinion from your cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Carotid bruit?

Sound: A carotid bruit indicates turbulent flow in the carotid artery. If a carotid bruit is noted, then a carotid duplex ultrasound would be helpful to determine if there is in fact carotid artery disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my physician tells me I have a right carotid bruit?

What does it mean if my physician tells me I have a right carotid bruit?

Turbulence in Artery: A carotid bruit is a "swishing" sound heard when listening to the neck with a stethoscope. The noise is turbulence caused by blood flowing past a blockage in the artery. These blockages are most often formed by plaque build-up / atherosclerosis. Interestingly this finding correlates with mild to moderate blockages not blockages near or greater than 90%. An ultrasound is the next best test. ...Read more

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Are there any types of heart murmurs which sound similar to carotid bruit?

Yes: There are heart murmurs that can sound similar to carotid bruits. Particularly, the murmur of aortic stenosis (a tight aortic valve) can mimic the sound of a carotid bruit because the sound of the murmur radiates up into the neck area. A physician can perform maneuvers that distinguish between sounds emanating from the heart and those from a diseased carotid artery. ...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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Can an acute cerebral vascular accident occur from a recent carotid bruit?

Can an acute cerebral vascular accident occur from a recent carotid bruit?

Yes: The bruit may represent carotid stenosis, plaque blocking the artery. If a piece of plaque or clot breaks off, then it can travel to brain causing cva/stroke. Doppler should reveal nature of bruit. Vascular surgeon may be consulted to do endarterectomy or stent, if merited. ...Read more

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Normal echo 18months ago. Now have systolic murmur over aorta and carotid bruit. Is it possible for damage to develop so quickly?could this be benign?

Normal echo 18months ago. Now have systolic murmur over aorta and carotid bruit. Is it possible for damage to develop so quickly?could this be benign?

Unlikely : At your age it is unlikely the the carotid 'bruit' means anything is wrong. The murmur is hard to evaluate without further testing. Non invasive eco testing could clear up most of your concerns and probably should be performed. ...Read more

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My medical charts say i have Carotid Bruit what does this mean? I also have Mitral valve prolapse I continuously have shortness of breath chest pain a

Carotid bruit is: an abnormal sound heard due to blood flow turbulence in your carotid artery. This sound can be attributed to a carotid artery aneurysm, dissection or partial blockage, or the same diagnoses in the aortic artery further upstream. Please see a vascular surgeon or cardiologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...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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Sexual Intercourse (Definition)

Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


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Carotid Bruit (Definition)

A carotid bruit indicates turbulent flow in the carotid artery. If a carotid bruit is noted, then a carotid duplex ultrasound would be helpful to determine if there is in ...Read more