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What causes fluttering sensation on left carotid artery?

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Dr. Prasanna Heijebu

General & Family Physician

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Posted on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: Hello: I am 61 yrs old and am on Plavix, Crestor, and Synthroid. I have had clots in my leg that required surgery (fembop), otherwise in good health and don't smoke. I have experienced fluttering in my carotid artery or neck, Left side of neck.. over the last few weeks, and can actually feel it. Then it goes away. No other symptoms. I also have a MVP, but has never caused any trouble. Is this anything I should be concerned about? Thanks!!
Answered by Dr. Prasanna Heijebu 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
LeftCarotid arterial doppler is mandate in your case.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Mam.

I understand your concern.

Fluttering sensation on the left carotid should be thoroughly evaluated to rule out carotid artery disease-carotid artery stenosis particularly under your current medical history of thyroid and deep venous thrombosis disorder.

MVP has no direct relationship to your current symptoms.

All you need now is a Carotid arterial Doppler scan of the left side along with 2 dimensional screening echocardiogram of the heart to evaluate the functional reserve of the heart and to possibly rule out intra cardiac thrombus formation.

Complete blood coagulation study is also needed.

Its better if you get these recommended tests at the earliest.

Thank you.
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