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Pulsing Arteries
Hi,

  Are pulsing carotid arteries usually considered a sign of heart problems?  I've been experiencing a progressive list of visible artery pulsations the last couple years (first in my calves, then in my stomach, and now at the base of my neck and on both sides of my neck just below the jawline...looks sorta like a frog:(..tracing the artery upward to the side of my head, the left side vein in my temple also pulsates visibly at all times).  My veins started to stick out and become more visible back in 2006, along with a marked increase is sweating during physical activity (it looks like I just stepped out of the pool after about 20 minutes on a treadmill).  I went to a Doc at the VA at that time, where they checked Echo, Thyroid...with no notable abnormalities.  Possible they missed something?  The visibility/size of my veins has increased the last few years, and now these visible pulsations in the neck are the most recent thing.  I'm a 31 year old male, no smoking, not much drinking, and a good amount of physical exercise...so this sorta *****.  I should probably say that during physical exercise, I've started to feel pressure in my temples, and seem to get out of breath faster than I used to.  Anyway, lemme know if anyone has some input.  I'm sure "visit your doctor" will be the first idea.  But the VA seems content with their diagnosis, and I'm about a month away from being able to visit a civilian doc.  Thanks for any insight you might be able to offer...

  
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1306096 tn?1281437356
You said they did an echo, Was that of your heart or carotid arteries or both? Also have you been losing weight or doing body building? (Could be that there isn't as much fatty tissue around to hide it)
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