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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: prominent carotid pulse

 babineau - Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:50 am

I am a 44 year old female with hypertension controlled with a diuretic. I have been under investigation for shortness of breath and chest pressure. ECG was normal as well as PFT's. An echo showed a pressure of 44 but right heart catheterization was normal .They have found nothing so far. Recently, I have noticed what I think is my carotid artery to be very noticeable and pulsing sometimes half way up my neck but other times not so high. Is this normal?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:12 pm

User avatar Hi Babineau,

The carotid pulses can be quite strong normally. What you are describing, though, may not be the carotid arteries. When you describe them pulsing at varying heights in the neck it may be that you are seeing the jugular vein. This can be a sign of heart failure.

I would recommend that you have your doctor take a look at this to see what is going on.

Best wishes.

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