Questions about carotid bruit
I posted a message on the heart board the other day but have had no responses, so I thought I'd post another message here.
I saw my new pulmonologist the other day, and when he listened to the carotid arteries in my neck, he said that he heard a 'bruit' on the right side. I went to my cardiologist's office afterwards, and saw one of their doctors (my cardiologist is off for awhile) and when he listened to my neck, he said that he didn't hear anything unusual, but that I should still go and have the ultrasound that my pulmonologist ordered.
Why would one doctor hear a bruit and not the other? The pulmonologist did not tell me to hold my breath while he listened, while the cardiologist did. Also, when I had the ultrasound today (it was called a carotid duplex), I was told that the artery on the right side of my neck is deeper than the one on the left. Could either or both of these factors have made a difference?
I am 42 years of age & have had a number of health issues to contend with for which I am on disability, but nothing really serious thus far, except for my hysterectomy several months ago. A large mass was found over my uterus, and it turned out to be a borderline cancer. I don't need chemo or radiation treatments, but will have to see my oncologist for followups for awhile. Prior to my surgery, I was cleared by my cardiologist and he said my heart was just fine.
At my cardiologist's office, they always listen to my neck, and if any bruits were heard before, they would have told me.
Is this something I need to worry about? I am overweight, but my bp and cholesterol has always been good. I am not a smoker (never have been), never do drugs (unless they're prescription), and I am not a diabetic, nor do I drink.
If anyone out there has dealt with this before or could give me advice on how to take the news I was given, I'd appreciate it. I am a nervous wreck & just can't bear the thought of having yet another health problem to contend with. Thanks!