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Carotid artery

For the past few days I have been feeling what seems like my right carotid artery doing an occasional jump/thump.  When I feel my pulse there it seems very regular, though.  It does not feel at all like a muscle spasm.  I had a pretty thorough cardiac workup a little over a year ago.  I was in the hospital for three days.  I can't really remember if they checked my carotid arteries, but I have a vague feeling that they listened with a stethescope.  I have also had an MRI and CT scan of my neck with contrast about 2-3 years ago.  My cholesterol is 202 (LDL 129/HDL 61), triglycerides 62, and bp in the normal range.

Anyone else have this problem?  Do I need to be concerned?

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Is the thump in the same place as where you check for your pulse?  The reason I ask is because I have some weird pulsing sensations on the right side of my throat, down lower on my carotid artery.  I can even see my throat moving.  It only happens sometimes, and generally my pulse is going faster than normal at the same time.  I'm thinking mine might be related to my pvcs and nsvt.  Do you have pvcs?
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It does seem to be lower down than where I take my pulse.  I don't recall the cardiologist saying anything about PVCs, but he might have.  I know there was something not totally normal on my EKG, but it didn't wind up being anything bad.  I do suffer from anxiety/panic attacks.  The thumping/jumping could be related to anxiety maybe, because I do have alot of "under the surface" anxiety right now.

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There is a major muscle that runs almost right over your carotid artery on both sides of your neck.  It could just be a slightly spastic muscle twitch.
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That could be.  I do get a lot of twitches in various muscles.  Thanks for the response.

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OK, I know I'm reviving an old thread, but does anyone know what that muscle is?
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