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I massaged my SMC muscle not for very long a half a minute but read that if touched the cartiod artieries it can cause a stroke? Is that true?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Carotid arteries

Two adverse reactions can occur if you significantly compress a carotid artery.
One is stimulating the vagus nerve which can slow the heart rate and cause low blood pressure and fainting. The other is interfering with blood flow to the brain, but this usually also requires a plaque buildup in the artery. It's not a good idea to mess with the carotid artery, but your very gentle massage did no harm

In brief: Carotid arteries

Two adverse reactions can occur if you significantly compress a carotid artery.
One is stimulating the vagus nerve which can slow the heart rate and cause low blood pressure and fainting. The other is interfering with blood flow to the brain, but this usually also requires a plaque buildup in the artery. It's not a good idea to mess with the carotid artery, but your very gentle massage did no harm
Dr. Donald Colantino
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Common sense

Messing around with a carotid artery can only cause a stroke if it is severely atherosclerotic and you release some cholesterol from plaques by physically breaking them. Even the kids' trick of slowing the pulse by pushing on your carotid sinus (at the very top, by your jawline) only works if you really push hard.
If you're reasonably healthy, don't worry at all.

In brief: Common sense

Messing around with a carotid artery can only cause a stroke if it is severely atherosclerotic and you release some cholesterol from plaques by physically breaking them. Even the kids' trick of slowing the pulse by pushing on your carotid sinus (at the very top, by your jawline) only works if you really push hard.
If you're reasonably healthy, don't worry at all.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Not necessarily

If you press too hard for too long you can get symptoms and if you stop the blood supply that is what happens with a stroke.
This depends on how you touch the carotid and if you push too hard. Caution is advised

In brief: Not necessarily

If you press too hard for too long you can get symptoms and if you stop the blood supply that is what happens with a stroke.
This depends on how you touch the carotid and if you push too hard. Caution is advised
Dr. John Goldman
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