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What does a carotid thrill indicate?

A thrill is a vibratory sensation felt on the skin overlying an area of turbulence and indicates a loud heart murmur usually caused by an incompetent heart valve.

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Beside this, what is a carotid thrill?

Aortic stenosis, pulmonic stenosis and ventricular septal defect may give rise to a palpable thrill at the upper sternal area. The thrill of aortic stenosis may be more readily palpable over the carotid arteries. The thrill of a patent ductus arteriosus may be palpable in systole and in diastole.

Furthermore, is carotid thrill normal? Although usually heard with the stethoscope, such sounds may occasionally also be palpated as a thrill. These sounds may be normal, innocent findings (i.e., a venous hum in a child) or may point to underlying pathology (i.e., a carotid artery bruit caused by atherosclerotic stenosis in an adult).

In this regard, what does a carotid bruit indicate?

If an abnormal sound, called a bruit, is heard over an artery, it may reflect turbulent blood flow. That could indicate carotid artery disease. Listening for a bruit in the neck is a simple, safe, and inexpensive way to screen for stenosis (narrowing) of the carotid artery, although it may not detect all blockages.

What are the symptoms of a blockage in the carotid artery?

Symptoms of carotid artery disease

  • sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms, or legs (usually on one side of the body)
  • trouble speaking (garbled speech) or understanding.
  • sudden vision problems in one or both eyes.
  • dizziness.
  • sudden, severe headache.
  • drooping on one side of your face.

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