Bruit. A murmur that arises in a blood vessel (instead of the heart) is called a bruit (pronounced "brew-eee"). It is due to turbulence, usually from a blockage. In the neck, the culprit is the carotid artery.
My mom was just told she has a neck murmur. What is a neck murmur? What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment options?
Neck murmur. A neck murmur is a noice heard with a stethoscope in the neck area due to blood flow in a narrowed vessel. It is most often due to a plaque on the vessel wall due to atherosclerosis. Rarely, a neck murmur can be due to issue with the heart and the sound is only transmitted into the neck region.