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When feeling the neck, the stronger the pulse is the higher the BP is right?

When feeling the neck, the stronger the pulse is the higher the BP is right?

Pulse: What you are feeling when you are feeling the pulse is the pulse pressure. It is possible to have a high systolic and also a high diastolic with a narrow pulse pressure and generate a smaller sensation than a normal systolic and normal or wide pulse pressure. That said, it is an oversimplification and isn't strictly correct in every physiologic situation. ...Read more

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Strong pulse in neck and rapid heartbeat. Is that ok?

Strong pulse in neck and rapid heartbeat. Is that ok?

Carotids: Your carotid arteries traverse the left and right side of your neck and the better you can feel them, the healthier it is, assuming your blood pressure is normal. Aneurysms are very rare. Rapid hb is a separate issue. Rates of up 100 (170 with peak exercise) may be normal. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the pulse on right side of neck to feel stronger than the left? More apparent in the evening. Rhythm is regular, not too fast.

Is it normal for the pulse on right side of neck to feel stronger than the left? More apparent in the evening. Rhythm is regular, not too fast.

Something or nothing: Sorry to be equivocal, but this could be something or could be unremarkable. A physical exam with attention to the carotid pulse (on both sides of neck) would be required to evaluate for carotid stenosis--which is narrowing of the inside of vessel usually due to cholesterol buildup found in older patients. In your age, I would consider coarctation of aorta which you would have been born with. ...Read more

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Can the pulse be strong but still the BP be normal? If I feel the pulse strong in me neck it is probably high BP right? And if I don't its the opposite

Can the pulse be strong but still the BP be normal? If I feel the pulse strong in me neck it is probably high BP right? And if I don't its the opposite

Not accurate: Your fingers aren't that good. Measure your BP. Don't even begin to think you can guess it by palpating your carotid pulse. There are variables: depth of the artery under your sternoclidomastoid muscles, your ability to discern are the 2 biggest ones. ...Read more

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The harder and stronger your pulse in your neck is the higher your BP probably is right? Could I have higher BP when I almost have no palpation pulse?

The harder and stronger your pulse in your neck is the higher your BP probably is right? Could I have higher BP when I almost have no palpation pulse?

No connection: Although it would seem to follow that the higher your blood pressure the stronger your pulse would be, I don't believe that is the case. A week or non-palpable pulse may indicate the presence of partial or complete blockage of an artery by atherosclerosis. My guess is that you are not palpating in the correct area to feel your pulse. If you had no pulse you wouldn't be able to write us :) ...Read more

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Could my arteries rupture if my BP gets too high? Have prob. That makes BP super high after small things and pulse gets super strong in neck

Could my arteries rupture if my BP gets too high? Have prob. That makes BP super high after small things and pulse gets super strong in neck

Not very likely: You are young and presumably healthy. Arteries don't just rupture even with very high blood pressure unless they are diseased. Highly unlikely at your age. It does sound like you might benefit from some counseling or perhaps some biofeedback training to help control these exaggerated responses that you have. ...Read more

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Why do I get palpitations and feel my pulse stronger when getting up from a sitting position, I can even see my pulse in the hollow part of my neck.

Why do I get palpitations and feel my pulse stronger when getting up from a sitting position, I can even see my pulse in the hollow part of my neck.

Change in position: Causes drop in resistance of your arteries. The heart has to speed up and pump harder to maintain blood pressure. You sense this as palpitation. Also causes some arteries to be more visible. ...Read more

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Lying on left side felt pulse in left ribcage. Checked hr.80 bpm. Felt strong pulse near the base of neck/left side. Pulse in back neck anxiety related?

Lying on left side felt pulse in left ribcage. Checked hr.80 bpm. Felt strong pulse near the base of neck/left side. Pulse in back neck anxiety related?

Yes: You have "cardiac awareness" a common but not pathological symptom in which you become aware of your heart beat. The heart is a left sided structure and more easily felt on the left side, especially when lying on your left side. ...Read more

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I have a visible pulse in my neck on both sides while standing, but when I lie down the pulse on my right front side of neck is more prominent. Is this normal?

I have a visible pulse in my neck on both sides while standing, but when I lie down the pulse on my right front side of neck is more prominent. Is this normal?

Yes: In many people the carotid arteries in the neck can be visualized pulsating while standing or laying. When laying down the position of the structures in our neck and body may change and that may be the reason for the difference you are noting between standing and laying. Without other issues, I believe this is normal for you. Have a good day ...Read more

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I'm tachycardic I'm on 2.5mg of bisop it keeps my hr between 70-80 beats a minute but my pulse in my neck so strong at times is that normal?

I'm tachycardic I'm on 2.5mg of bisop it keeps my hr between 70-80 beats a minute but my pulse in my neck so strong at times is that normal?

See answer: The "strength" of the carotid artery pulse is subjective and only has significance in certain clinical settings such as syncope and cardiac arrest. In these settings a weak pulse may indicate significantly low blood pressure. A strong pulse would be a good sign and absence of a pulse would indicate cardiac arrest. ...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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Neck vein starting just above left collarbone bulges even in resting standing position. Leads to visible pulse where you would chk it. Possible tumor?

Neck vein starting just above left collarbone bulges even in resting standing position. Leads to visible pulse where you would chk it. Possible tumor?

Veins are soft to fe: If you place your finger on this area and try to take a feel, you will know if it feels hard, firm or soft. Unless it is firm to hard in feel, it is probably just a normal vein. If you are still unsure and concerned then you need to have your doctor examine you and also check inside your chest with a Chest X-ray to make sure that there is no tumor inside your chest. ...Read more

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I have a very strong pulse in the top of my head running down the side of my right ear and neck what could that be?

I have a very strong pulse in the top of my head running down the side of my right ear and neck what could that be?

Pulse: It depends on your age and other issues. How old are you? Do you have a headache also? Could be serious so Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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Why do I feel my pulse very strong in my neck? And my head shakes along with my heartbeat? Specially at night when I go to bed

Why do I feel my pulse very strong in my neck? And my head shakes along with my heartbeat? Specially at night when I go to bed

Carotid artery: Your carotid artery and, one on each side of your neck, supplies all the blood to your brain which can be up to 25% of your cardiac output. Therefore a very strong pulse is a good thing. It might be valuable to check your blood pressure to make sure it's not too high ...Read more

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Visible twitching below left ribs not painful. I have GERD and had badrflux last night. Pulse in neck feels normal and doesn't follow twitch. Worry?

Visible twitching below left ribs not painful. I have GERD and had badrflux last night. Pulse in neck feels normal and doesn't follow twitch. Worry?

Muscle twitching: This is likely a muscle fasciculation. There are many causes. When localized to one area, it could be due to a damaged nerve or overused muscle. I suggest you have a pm&r doc or neurologist check it out. ...Read more

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What causes bulging vein/ artery in neck with visible pulse? Is it a sign I'm too skinny? Or a different underlying condition?

What causes bulging vein/ artery in neck with visible pulse? Is it a sign I'm too skinny? Or a different underlying condition?

Common finding: Many people are thin enough to have easily visible neck veins and arteries. When you are lying down, these vessels are more prominent and the veins often become difficult to see when you are upright. If your vessels are more prominent than normal (a doctor's physical exam is needed), it can be a sign of a more serious vascular condition, but if you are otherwise healthy, that is very unlikely ...Read more

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Sitting at computer and felt a flutter in chest. I assumed palpitation. I immediately checked pulse in neck andwas no strong beat, just weak stutter.

Sitting at computer and felt a flutter in chest. I assumed palpitation. I immediately checked pulse in neck andwas no strong beat, just weak stutter.

Flutter in Chest: If you have not recently had a physical, you might want to talk to your family doctor first. If physical causes are ruled out, you might want to consider short-term counseling to develop skills to manage stress, if you and your doctor agree that stress is the culprit. ...Read more

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Could poor posture/computer work cause miserable aching down both sides of neck at the same time? Strong carotid pulse, no chest pain/neuro symptoms.

Could poor posture/computer work cause miserable aching down both sides of neck at the same time? Strong carotid pulse, no chest pain/neuro symptoms.

Yes: There are two muscle groups running on either side of your spine in the back of your neck that cause both neckache and tension headaches. Massage therapist now, better posture next time. :). ...Read more

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What does a strong and slow pulse indicate and what does a fast and weak indicate? Can u have high blood pressure in ur neck but normal in ur arm?

What does a strong and slow pulse indicate and what does a fast and weak indicate? Can u have high blood pressure in ur neck but normal in ur arm?

PulsePressure & Rate: Pulse strength: a result of the pulse pressure; the difference in the systolic vs. diastolic pressure; a result of (a) cardiac stoke volume vs. (b) arterial volume & (c) elasticity (assuming no Aortic Regurg. Or AV shunts). Pulse is a result of each heart beat, thus will never be faster than heart rate; but can be slower (some heart pumps not felt). If major arteries are open then pressures ~same. ...Read more

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Could my visible artery and pulse on the left side of my neck indicate swollen lymph nodes or a tumor in my neck?

Could my visible artery and pulse on the left side of my neck indicate swollen lymph nodes or a tumor in my neck?

Easy does it, Steve: Most people have a visible vein on each side of the neck, especially when they're lying down, and most people's carotid arteries are visible. These have nothing to do with your lymph nodes. Do you have palpable nodes? A palpable tumor? Is it possible you're just physically fit and your neck structures are thus more visible? The vast majority of swollen nodes in a young guy like you are harmless. ...Read more

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I have very visible fast pulse in neck when lying down, veins are pulsing out of neck, weak heartbeat 80bpm feel bit faint, what is reason for this?

I have very visible fast pulse in neck when lying down, veins are pulsing out of neck, weak heartbeat 80bpm feel bit faint, what is reason for this?

This can be a couple: This can be a couple on things. We need to know about your heart, your lungs, and your general health like thyroid, kidney, etc. Each of these can impact you and be responsible for symptons. You need to see your physician and get evaluated. ...Read more

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I can feel my heart beat in my stomach and watch my stomach move with each beat. I can also feel a strong pulse in my neck thighs. Is something wrong?

I can feel my heart beat in my stomach and watch my stomach move with each beat. I can also feel a strong pulse in my neck thighs. Is something wrong?

Normal.: It is normal to see the abdominal wall move slightly with each heartbeat as the blood pulses down the aorta (the largest artery in the body). It is also normal to feel the pulse in the neck and groin area (femoral artery). ...Read more

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I have strong pulsing in left temple. It seems to make my left eye shake when I close the right one. Also neck ache and head pain in left temple.

I have strong pulsing in left temple. It seems to make my left eye shake when I close the right one. Also neck ache and head pain in left temple.

Need workup: Things to consider include your blood pressure. A visit to your primary care doctor is in order to get evaluated. A neurology consult can assess for any vascular abnormalities that may require treatment. ...Read more

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The clearer and stronger the pulse is the higher the BP is right? If I have a very stronge pulse in my throat then the BP is allways high right?

The clearer and stronger the pulse is the higher the BP is right? If I have a very stronge pulse in my throat then the BP is allways high right?

The pulse: Is felt well in the neck iN the area of the carotid arteries it does not necessarily mean that blood pressure is high so if you were concerned have somebody use a blood pressure cuff to check your pressure for you thank you have a good day ...Read more

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I feel my pulse in my throat real strong, my jaw has been hurting my since yesterday?

I feel my pulse in my throat real strong, my jaw has been hurting my since yesterday?

Holter: You mentioned that you had a Holter - what did it show? Jaw pain in a 32 year old suggests dental or gingival disease. Have you seen your dentist lately? The 2 issues are not related. ...Read more

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Visible pulse in suprasternal notch, and cartoid arteries (both sides) also tight throat and difficulty swallowing. 20 year old male. Causes?

Visible pulse in suprasternal notch, and cartoid arteries (both sides) also tight throat and difficulty swallowing. 20 year old male. Causes?

Pulse: It may be trivial or serious, it can be anxiety but can also be something with the heart. At any rate, I think you should get checked to reassure you and / or to get some tests done. ...Read more

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My throat is sore down by my voice box area on rt side goes down & up into jaw & pulse is real strong on that side. Why could that be? Ear hurts too.

My throat is sore down by my voice box area on rt side goes down & up into jaw & pulse is real strong on that side. Why could that be? Ear hurts too.

Throat infection: Sounds like you may have an infection that started in your throat and is now also affecting the ear (because they are connected back behind your face). The pulsing sensation is your body sending more blood to the area with infection-fighting cells to clear out the infection. If you are getting fevers, see white pus on your tonsils or feel worse, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat, lethargy, x3 days. Ok to breathe/swallow, neg strep & xray, fast pulse. ER gave steroids & motrin for visible epiglottis. Should I worry?

Sore throat, lethargy, x3 days. Ok to breathe/swallow, neg strep & xray, fast pulse. ER gave steroids & motrin for visible epiglottis. Should I worry?

Sore throat: I'm not sure how they saw your epiglottis in the ER, but if they think you have epiglottitis, you should have been hospitalized. Do you have fever? you are likely dehydrating which may cause the fast pulse. Strep is only one test. Were you tested for infectious mono? if there is suspicion of epiglottitis (low prob given no dyspnea or dysphagia) I would suggest coverage for HIB. See your PCP. ...Read more