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My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot. I'm scared?

My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot. I'm scared?

Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about, although it is painful and cannot turn neck in all direction.
Rx Anti Infalmmatory like Ibuprofen Ice application, Local Muscle recant like Bengay /Flexall/Deep heating and Oral Muscle Relaxant will help you.
And if not better in 24 H. get examined by your MD. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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Hello! What can a swollen hard, non painful gland on the right side of the neck, on the carotid artery be? I had it for more than 6 month.

Hello! What can a swollen hard, non painful gland on the right side of the neck, on the carotid artery be? I had it for more than 6 month.

Cyst or node: It could be a sebaceous cyst or a lymph node. If it is small it is probably nothing to be concerned about. If it is larger than one centimeter (half inch) then you should let a doctor check it and make sure it is something benign. ...Read more

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Can an ENT tell if your lymphnodes are swollen? Can he tell if its your carotid artery?

Can an ENT tell if your lymphnodes are swollen? Can he tell if its your carotid artery?

Yes: A good physical exam can usually determine the difference between an enlarged lymph node and a carotid artery which are often confused in older patients with skinny necks. ...Read more

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Feel like there is big knot in carotid artery feels swollen beats hard. Can't see doctor till Monday family won't let me go to ER?

Feel like there is big knot in carotid artery feels swollen beats hard. Can't see doctor till Monday family won't let me go to ER?

Carotid body: Yes, that's a structure of the human body that serves as a sensor that makes sure the brain gets blood (and therefore oxygen). That beating you feel is the 'pulse' - and I assume you have a thin neck, which is why you can feel it so well. I don't think you need to go to the ER for that -- it would be a waste of your time. If you're still unsure, a regular appointment with a family doctor is OK. ...Read more

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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Exceedingly unlikely: The chances of this happening are extremely remote. Having said that we are always extremely cautious in examining patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. I have personally witnessed at least one patient getting a stroke after a carotid artery examination--fortunately he recovered. So it is theoretically possible to get a stroke large enough to cause death, but the odds are extremely small. ...Read more

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Can your carotid artery spasm?

Can your carotid artery spasm?

Not really: Carotid disease cause stroke, only fmd (fibromuscular dysplasia) causes muscular spasms but they are typically asymptomatic... ...Read more

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What is carotid artery disease?

What is carotid artery disease?

Carotid stenosis: In the carotid arteries the flow of blood goes from being linear to being turbulent due to the "fork in the road" at the bifurcation. This causes the area of the proximal internal and external carotid arteries to develop plaque. This plaque leads to narrowing of the artery. The material that is causing the narrowing is fragile and can break off and cause a stroke. ...Read more

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What causes dilated carotid arteries?

Sometimes...: A dilated or aneursymal carotid on ultrasound is simply what we call a "redundant" carotid, meaning it is long and wraps on itself, so it looks bigger on ultrasound. True enlarged carotid arteries should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I find carotid artery for pulse?

How can I find carotid artery for pulse?

Use your fingers: If you are taking your own pulse take your second & third finger; place them over your neck below your chin and slide them to your side (opposite side of the hand you are using is easier) until you feel a pulsation. You will need to put a firm pressure to feel it. Be careful to take pulse at the neck one side at a time as if you do both sides at the same time you could get dizzy. ...Read more

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How do people treat carotid artery disease?

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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What to do if I have carotid artery disease?

It depends: It depends on the severity. Anything along the spectrum of lifestyle changes, to medication, to surgery may be indicated. Speak with your doctor about your particular situation. ...Read more

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How do you diagonise carotid artery disease?

Multiple modalities: Carotid ultrasound is the least invasive of the tests. Mr angiography requires a patient to lie in a confined space. The quality of the images is dependent upon no movement during the study. Ct angiography requires iodine-based contrast dye. Patients with chronic renal disease may have special preparations before their study. The gold standard is most invasive, arterial angiography. ...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 tests for carotid artery disease?

What are the tests for carotid artery disease?

Duplex ultrasound: First best test is duplex ultrasound. Other test like ct angiogram or mr angiogram could be done. The most invasive but gold standard is conventional arteriography. ...Read more

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Is 700/0 carotid artery narrowing a TIA symtom?

Is 700/0 carotid artery narrowing a TIA symtom?

Not clear: Your question is not clear. Please reframe the question to get correct answer. ...Read more

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Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Pain in Carotids: Inflammation in the carotid arteries may cause pain. More importantly, it is critical that you see a vascular surgeon to have your carotid arteries evaluated. You will need a carotid duplex to assess the amount of stenosis in the arteries, if any. Carotid artery blockage is one of the leading causes of strokes. Have this evaluated today. ...Read more

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Describe the features of carotid artery disease.?

Describe the features of carotid artery disease.?

Ischemic stroke: Carotid artery disease usually occurs at the origin of the internal carotid artery at the neck and results from plaque build up. The main concern is that blood clots may for from turbulent blood flow this plaque causes, and the clot may travel upward and block an important brain artery, causing a stroke. It is a common found and commonly treated cause for stroke. Several options exist. ...Read more

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When should someone have carotid artery stenting done?

When should someone have carotid artery stenting done?

Carotid stenting: Read this for some information:

http://www. Vascularweb. Org/vascularhealth/pages/carotid-stenting. Aspx ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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What are the signs that your carotid artery is clogged?

Carotid Stenosis: Signs of Carotid Artery Stenosis are Bruit, TIA or Stroke.
The symptoms of a TiA may include sudden weakness or numbness in the face or limbs, often on just one side of the body, inability to move one or more of your limbs, trouble speaking or understanding speech, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes,
dizziness or loss of balance, sudden, severe headache with no known cause. ...Read more

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What will happen if your jugular or carotid artery is cut?

What will happen if your jugular or carotid artery is cut?

You could bleed to d: Those are major veins and arteries in your neck. It depends on the size of the hole in the vessel. Any cut of significance would require a visit to a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What tests are used to see if my carotid artery is clogged?

What tests are used to see if my carotid artery is clogged?

Ultrasound.: The most common test is a duplex ultrasound of the carotid artery. This checks for plaque in the artery, amount of blockage and the flow through the artery. ...Read more

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Can any docs elaborate more about clogged carotid arteries?

Carotid: What about them? No intervention warranted until symptomatic lesion or 80%. Every case is has to be reviewed individually. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for blocked carotid arteries?

Just depends: There are a lot of options when discussing carotid artery disease. The treatment guidelines are very strict and are based on symptoms and the degree of narrowing found on tests. The options range from observation to placing a stent or surgery to remove the blockage. It is really hard to tell which one is the right treatment until evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the carotid artery cleared at age 70?

Yes: Absolutely. In a functional 70 year old who is at risk for a stroke, carotid surgery is beneficial. ...Read more

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Is this a TIA symtom? I have 700/0 carotid artery narrowing?

Is this a TIA symtom? I have 700/0 carotid artery narrowing?

Artery blockage: Carotid artery stenosis means that the carotid arteries have blockage, usually in the form of atherosclerosis. This can cause stroke. The more severe the blockage, the greater the risk
in the absence of neurological symptoms, most cases can be handled with medicine and close periodic follow up by a vascular surgeon. However, if the blockage is more than 80%, surgery will reduce the stroke risk. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with carotid artery disease?

Risk of stroke: Carotid disease is a risk factor for stroke. Prior to a stroke, a patient may have transient ischemic attacks (tias), which are brief episodes of weakness or numbness on one side of the body, coordination or speech difficulties. A specific TIA attributable to carotid disease is a brief loss of vision in one eye called amaurosis fugax. Treatment of asymptomatic carotid disease is controversial. ...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