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What a bruit is and what it means.?

What a bruit is and what it means.?

Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. The most common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis either in the chest arteries or neck arteries. A fair number of healthy people can have a benign bruit due to turbulent flow. A few tests - carotid ultrasound, ankle brachial index can establish if there is atherosclerosis. If you do have atherosclerosis, medical management, no smoking is key. ...Read more

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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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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What does carotid pulses +2/4 bilaterally mean with no bruit? Abdominal Aorta not prominent? Femoral pulse +2/4 bilaterally. Is that normal?

What does carotid pulses +2/4 bilaterally mean with no bruit? Abdominal Aorta not prominent? Femoral pulse +2/4 bilaterally. Is that normal?

All normal: no worries. The 2/4 nomenclature is used by some people but it all sounds completely normal (in other words don't assume you are supposed to be 4/4). Someone did an assessment of your pulses and thought they were fine. ...Read more

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Can a carotid artery bruit sound come and go? Does it mean you have a blockage?

Can a carotid artery bruit sound come and go?  Does it mean you have a blockage?

Yes: Yes bruit can come and go .. Having bruit is not sensitive test to associate with significant stenosis of the carotid artery but if u have bruit u can get a duplex ultrasound test to assess the blockage. ...Read more

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Had a carotid artery ultrasound and doctor also heard bruit, what do they mean?

Had a carotid artery ultrasound and doctor also heard bruit, what do they mean?

Narrowing in artery: When there is significant narrowing in carotid artery-that would create turbulant and that can be heard on examination and called carotid bruit. Go to see your doctor and discuss re- ultrasound finding and further management . Good luck. ...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 bruits cause any pain?

Can bruits cause any pain?

Not usually: A bruit is just the sound of turbulent blood flow, like the rapids of a river. These tend to be found at places of narrowing or plaque buildup. The symptoms tend to be related to low perfusion or plaque breaking off. Not all bruits are harmful; not all narrowing has bruit. Ultrasound and/or ct/mri can help diagnose. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bruit?

A sound blood makes: 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 of plaque--narrowing an artery. ...Read more

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How are aortic bruits fixed?

Depends: Bruits are caused by turbulent blood flow in blood vessels. If this is caused by narrowing of a blood vessel and is leading to symptoms or other medical problems, then they might need to be fixed. ...Read more

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I was found to have a cardiac bruit. What is this exactly and what are the causes?

Misunderstanding: A cardiac murmur is a noise that can be detected when the examiner listens with his/her ears - usually through a stethoscope. It's caused by turbulence of blood flow through a valve or a chamber. When a murmur is detected outside the heart, it's called a "bruit". Thus, there is no such thing as a "cardiac bruit". Some bruits are quite normal - for instance, they're often found in pregnancy. ...Read more

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