I am a health 40 year old woman with no history of high cholesterol or high blood pressure. I recently went to my PCP for a one year check up and she discovered a carotid bruit on my right side of my neck. She suggested I go to my cardiologist for a follow-up. I do have a mild MV, which I've had since a child. He examined me and also heard the articulation in my neck saying that it definitely sounds like a bruit. He sent me a doppler yesterday and that was normal. I'm going for an echo next week. My mitral valve is very mild and hasn't changed over the years. When my doctor received the report, he was kind of surprised. What elese can it be? Can you hear a bruit and have it be some other crazy diagnosis of something that I am not aware of? Please provide some info. I appreciate it.
A bruit is a sound heard as the blood speeds up going through the carotid artery, Normally it caused by a slight build up of cholesterol in the artery. An ultra sound will tell you if it is significant, and I don't think it will be. There are times, like in my case, where my harsh systolic murmnur at the arotic hub, is heard in the carotid artery and was nisinterrupted as a bruit. The ultra sound cleared that problem up, a doctor listening is making a subjective analysis, and could be very wrong The ultra sound will be more objective, and will put your mind at ease, I think
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.