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What causes strong pulsating sensations at back of neck?

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Posted on Fri, 16 Oct 2015 in General Health
Question: I feel a very strong pulse in the back of my neck what can cause this
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Following causes to strong pulse in back of neck

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concern.

Usually, feeling a strong pulse in back of the neck is not indicating a serious problem.

Common causes include :
- physical activity (if you felt during or after physical activity )
- caffeine drink (coffee, energetic drinks, etc)
- being overweight
- taking stimulant drugs

If none of above, then further tests advised to determine the right cause :
- thyroid function test
- cardiac tests : ecg, echocardiogram, Doppler ultrasound of the blood vessels of the neck, holter monitoring
- complete blood count to rule out anemia
- biochemistry tests : lipid profile, diabetes testing, etc.

Hope it was of help!
Dr.Albana
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