Stroke & Vascular Disorders
A carotid bruit is a vascular sound usually heard with a stethoscope over the carotid artery because of turbulent, non-laminar blood flow through a stenotic area. Atherosclerosis causing a stenosis of more than 50% of the carotid diameter is the most common cause of this bruit. Asymptomatic carotid stenosis increases the stroke risk to a slight degree, but the risk is much lower compared to symptomatic patients.
Feb. 10, 2020