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Heart Disease Diagnosis

What is a bruit?

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  • Carotid bruit is an abnormal sound in the neck of a person with carotid artery disease, created by the blood as it flows through the diseased artery.

  • AHealthwise answered
    A bruit is the sound of blood flowing through a narrowed portion of an artery. The sound means that the blood flow may be partially blocked. Artery blockage is most often due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). A doctor can hear the sound by listening with a stethoscope placed over an artery, such as the carotid artery in the neck. Bruits in the carotid arteries may be a sign that a blood vessel is partially blocked, which may increase your risk for having a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.


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  • ASCAI answered
    When your doctor examines you, he or she may discover a warning sign of carotid artery disease through a very simple method: putting a stethoscope on your neck and listening. This is a diagnostic procedure that can sometimes detect a whooshing sound called a bruit. This sound indicates uneven blood flow through the carotid arteries, which can be caused by narrowing of those arteries. The carotid arteries are critical for life and good health because they carry blood to the brain. A bruit can be a starting point for a diagnosis but must be supplemented by other more accurate and specific tests.

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