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What Does It Mean If You Have A Bruit
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Bruits can change their sound depending on the degree of blockage. In the carotid arteries, for example, as a blockage is almost complete (> 90%), the bruit actually goes away! This is why a bruit is not the best way to evaluate someone for carotid disease. An ultrasound is much more accurate! ...Read more
Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. A common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis but a fair number of healthy people can have a benign bruit due to turbulent flow. A few tests - ultrasound, ankle brachial index can establish if there is atherosclerosis. If you do have atherosclerosis, medical management, no smoking is key. ...Read more
Yes: A carotid bruit is due to turbulent flow from a blockage in the carotid artery. The natural course of carotid disease / atherosclerosis is progression over time. This is especially true if people still smoke. When the blockage in a carotid artery becomes near occlusive, the flow rate drops and the bruit typically goes away. ...Read more
Bruits are turbulent: 42 y/o female says Dr heard abdominal bruit, asks if life threatening? Bruits are turbulent flow over narrowed/blocked Artery usually caused by hardening/clogging of artery by Arteriosclerosis or dislodged particles (emboli) in the blood stream. Some are life threatening while others are not. Abdominal Aorta bruit usually at point of dilation of the medial tunica tearing away from clogged intima ...Read more
What would a corotid artery bruit indicate - what are insignificant and significant possibilities?
Bruit: Sometimes a trivial degree of blockage can lead to a bruit. Sometimes as the blockage gets very severe the bruit, previously heard - disappears so a bruit by itself isn't very helpful or worrisome. If a new bruit is discovered one should simply obtain a carotid duplex scan to determine the true nature of the stenosis if any. ...Read more
Blood flow: Increased blood flow to the enlarged glad causes this. ...Read more
Can I get rid of my bruit through exercise? Because when I was smaller I heard no noise in comparison to being 42lbs overweight now.
Bruit: A bruit is due to turbulent blood flow, often from atherosclerotic (plaque) buildup. It's detected via auscultation by your provider so I don't think it's something you could detect yourself. Perhaps you're thinking of something else? Regardless - if you're 42 lbs overweight then exercise and weight loss are a good thing. ...Read more
Bruit yes, block no: 50% of bruits have no stenosis. However you need to be sure you don't have a congenital or aquired condition that could cause it. ...Read more
Sound: A carotid bruit indicates turbulent flow in the carotid artery. If a carotid bruit is noted, then a carotid duplex ultrasound would be helpful to determine if there is in fact carotid artery disease. ...Read more
Ultrasound: You need a carotid doppler.Get a more detailed answer ›
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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