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I have a large bulge in my left neck vein I have seen a cardio doctor all my test have been good doctor wants blood work done now why would he want to?

I have a large bulge in my left neck vein I have seen a cardio doctor all my test have been good doctor wants blood work done now why would he want to?

Many possibilities: Without having the ability to examine you and have your full records it would be speculation. This may be a rare venous aneurysm or a lesion extrinsic to the vein pushing it out. If so, cardiologist may not know how to evaluate and is shooting blindly in hopes of hitting something. Sounds like you might want to see a good pcp. ...Read more

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Why are my neck veins bulging lol?

Why are my neck veins bulging lol?

Increased pressure: The act of lol results in a valsalva maneuver, where holding of the breath causes increase in the chest pressure. This pressure acts upon the veins in the chest, and is pushed upwards to the head and neck area, resulting in bulging veins. This is a normal situation, so keep on lol; it's good for you. ...Read more

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Sudden bulging of neck veins with headache ?

Sudden bulging of neck veins with headache ?

SVC syndrome: Until proved otherwise, the superior vena cava is blocked. Get with your physician now. ...Read more

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My neck veins bulge a lot when i talk, laugh, lie down, or sometimes stand upright. Is this related to heart palpitations or how my neck veins twitch?

My neck veins bulge a lot when i talk, laugh, lie down, or sometimes stand upright. Is this related to heart palpitations or how my neck veins twitch?

Normal variant: As long as you have normal blood pressure and no prior cardiac history, this is most likely a normal variant. If you are having palpitations, make sure you get that checked, that should be unrelated to prominent neck veins. ...Read more

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Lying flat should neck veins normally be flat or destended?

It depends : There are multiple factors that go into neck veins pressure.Your position whether you are lying flat , the position of the bed you are lying on whether it is flat, whether you are relaxed , if you bear down or valsalva that will distend your neck veins. Other medical factors influence this as well, but yes your vein should be flat if all of the other things are optimized to keep them flat. ...Read more

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My neck veins are protruding why?

My neck veins are protruding why?

Normal: Neck veins distend when we lie with our head lower than our heart or when we strain. With straining, the pressure within the chest increases and the blood flow through the neck veins decrease resulting in them enlarging.When straining is stopped, the pressure in the chest decreases and flow continues through the neck veins so they become less engorged. ...Read more

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Bulging vein in toddlers neck born with it?

Bulging vein in toddlers neck born with it?

Probably normal.: Neck veins tend to bulge when the pressure in the chest increases such as with straining or crying. This occurs often in children and prominent veins are probably just a normal variation. If there is any concern, then you should follow up with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My neck vein above my left collarbone is always very visible almost bulging w/pulse. I've never had this before. What could cause this ?

My neck vein above my left collarbone is always very visible almost bulging w/pulse. I've never had this before. What could cause this ?

Normal variant?: It's possible that it could be a narrowing of the vein between there and the heart, or a clot in the vein, but either of those would be extremely unlikely in a healthy 20 year old man without a significant surgical history. The more likely cause is that it is just a normal variant. We all have a little abnormality or asymmetry with one thing or another. ...Read more

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All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes ?

All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes ?

Veins: More information is needed. May be best to person a virtual consult to better help you. At your age it doesn't sound too concerning ...Read more

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What causes narrowing of neck veins?

Neck Vein Narrowing: If you are referring to pathological narrowing, it can be the result of previous clots damaging the vein, prior catheter placement in the neck vein damaging the vein as the result of scar tissue, or because of a prior phlebitis. Non-pathological visible "collapse" of the neck veins seen externally on the skin can be caused by dehydration or certain positions (veins collapse when lying down). ...Read more

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While. What is the cause of my bulging neck vein when angry and how can I hide it?

While. What is the cause of my bulging neck vein when angry and how can I hide it?

Calm down: Anger causes one to strain, thus increasing the pressure within the chest. This pressure is transmitted to the veins in the chest, and upwards to the head and neck area, resulting in bulging veins, increased redness. A good example is when one sees a singer holding a note, or when a weight lifter strains to hold the barbells. Relax, count to ten taking slow breaths in and out to hide them. ...Read more

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Why my neck veins feel dry? Like poor circulation.. How to improve veins/circulation?

Why my neck veins feel dry? Like  poor circulation.. How to improve veins/circulation?

Normal: By dry I am assuming you mean empty. If you don't notice any bulging neck veins while standing up, that is pretty normal. You may see more bulging while lying down or especially if you are upside down. We look at neck veins to see if someone is fluid overloaded. This is not a very accurate/sensitive test. If you feel you are dehydrated, drink more fluids. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old daughter has a vein bulging out in her neck. It has gotten worse over time.

My 4 yr old daughter has a vein bulging out in her neck. It has gotten worse over time.

Vein in the Neck: All people have veins in the neck and some are more pronounced in some individuals. Those with little subcutaneous fat in the neck (usually children) can often prominently display these just below the skin (commonly the external jugular). With straining the muscles of the neck they can become more visible. If "congested" and very prominent at rest in a seated position, a check may be warranted. ...Read more

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When my 2 year old son cries a vein in his neck seems to bulge out? Is this normal? My doc seemed to fob it off when questioned. 

When my 2 year old son cries a vein in his neck seems to bulge out? Is this normal? My doc seemed to fob it off when questioned. 

Could be: When you cry you increase the pressure inside your chest cavity. That in turn makes it more difficult for blood to flow back to the heart from the head. Think by analogy if you were stepping on a garden hose there would be a "bulging" of the hose behind your foot. Now as to why he is crying so hard, I am not sure and you have to supply more information. ...Read more

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I've been noticing both my veins in my neck are permanently bulging even if i don't speak. Is it normal? How can I make it smaller again?

I've been noticing both my veins in my neck are permanently bulging even if i don't speak. Is it normal? How can I make it smaller again?

Normal: Neck veins distend when we lie with our head lower than our heart or when we strain. With straining, the pressure within the chest increases and the blood flow through the neck veins decrease resulting in them enlarging. This is normal. Levels of hydration, genetics, outside temperature and any increase in pressure within the chest will enlarge the neck veins. Your veins seem to be normal.L. ...Read more

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Very prominent neck vein on left side almost bulging starting right above collarbone, doctor says its normal but what could cause this ? Male 21 150lb

Very prominent neck vein on left side almost bulging starting right above collarbone, doctor says its normal but what could cause this ? Male 21 150lb

Anomaly: or a less common anatomic variance may explain this. Concern is raised if this is new or worsening or if other associated signs and symptoms are present. It can be an initial manifestation of SVC syndrome which had multiple causes, generally caused by mass effect on the major blood vessels. ...Read more

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Bulging neck vein due to increased heart rate?

Bulging neck vein due to increased heart rate?

No: Enlarged jugular viens can mean several things. But usually it means an increase in the pressure to the right side of heart. Such as right sided heart failure, biventricular failure, pulmonary hypertension. An obstruction like a tumor can also cause this . If this is a new finding then you should go see your doctor to work this up. The fast heart rate my be more reactive than causual. ...Read more

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What are the possible conditions when the neck is enlarged than the past and both neck veins are prominent even when im not in strain?

What are the possible conditions when the neck is enlarged than the past and both neck veins are prominent even when im not in strain?

Multiple vein : Enlargement of neck veins can result from benign or serious problems. Physician review is a must. Veins become prominent due to pressure/distension. Sometimes the veins appear enlarged because the patient has limited body fat, like seen in thin singers. Distended neck veins can also be a sign of heart/valve problems, thyroid enlargement and blockage of major veins in the base of the neck or chest. ...Read more

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