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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 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

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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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Peripheral vascular disease (Tip)

Peripheral vascular disease

One form is carotid artery disease, which can lead to ocular ischemic syndrome. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meats, dairy, fats to as little as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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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Peripheral vascular disease (Tip)

Peripheral vascular disease

Plaque in arteries is a dynamic process, progression can be reversed! ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Check & optimize systolic BP to <120 mmHG sitting, relaxed
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Check & optimize body fat daily by weighing yourself nude, 1st thing AM
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Focus on high-fiber, low calorie foods to improve issues
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My husband had carotid artery surgery a week before thanksgiving and has had feet so swollen since he got home he has been unable to walk. ?

My husband had carotid artery surgery a week before thanksgiving and has had feet so swollen since he got home he has been unable to walk. ?

Go to Emergency Dept: Swollen feet and lower legs after any type of surgery (and associated sedation and anesthesia) is worrisome for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots). There are of course multiple other reasons, especially if the patient has had swollen feet previously (such as due to congestive heart failure). But it is prudent to seek immediate or urgent medical care, especially if you have not spoken with surgeon. ...Read more

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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

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