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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carotid Bruit (Definition)

A carotid bruit is a sound heard by a stethoscope that is produced from abnormal blood flow in a blood vessel called the carotid artery. The sound usually suggests there is narrowing of the artery and may indicate a condition such as atherosclerosis, in which fatty material collects on ...Read more