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How to rule out a blocked artery in the neck?

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Hi I suffer from health anxiety and it's ruining my life. Ive recently had heart test echo, Monitor for 3 days and treadmill test. If I had a blocked artery in my neck near my collar bone would it have shown up on my tests
Thu, 10 May 2018 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 1 hour later
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echocardiography and treadmill test would not tell you about blocked artery

Detailed Answer:
I have read your message.
Thanks for the information.
I can tell you that no, echocardiography and treadmill test would not tell you about the blocked artery in the neck.
The blood vessels of the neck would need a specific test called Doppler test.

I would need to know your symptoms and other similar history like medication history and history of smoking and alcohol use (if any), in case you need to know more.

Best of luck.
Dr xxxxxxx
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Follow-up: How to rule out a blocked artery in the neck? 15 minutes later
Slight earache neck pain and heat shoulder pain that feels like muscle pain when I press . Checked for swollen glands but carnt feel any bit feels burning pain in ear neck clavical are and across shoulder
And back.
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 26 minutes later
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I have read your symptoms.
It sounds more like a cervical disc or muscle stiffness (called trapezitis) that is bothering you.
it may be better to meet a neurologist.
you may need an x ray of the cervical spine.
this will help us get to a diagnosis.
an MRI may be needed subsequently if there is something severe.
medications can be suggested thereafter.
as for the ear pain, it may either be due to a ENT problem.
Hence a visit to an ENT specialist would help as well.
Best of luck.
Dr xxxxxx
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Follow-up: How to rule out a blocked artery in the neck? 57 minutes later
Thank you i completely firgot thst a couple of months sgo i saw a nerologist who did a scan on my neck and said i had grnersl wear and tear in the top of my neck that was causing me tingling jn my fingers snd a sore neck. Many thanks for your reasurance. I must get help for my health snxiety
Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 5 minutes later
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yes the wear and tear could be the same thing I am suggesting.
Do meet a good behavioral therapist.
They can help you well with the anxiety issues.
Best of luck.
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