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What causes hearing of heartbeat sound in ears?

What does it mean when I hear a loud, heartbeat sound in my left ear? I have this problem frequently at night and have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and my father died aged 47 from atheriosclerosis. I, also, am 47 and this is frightening me.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017
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Hi,

Hearing a heart beat sound in ear which is called pulsatile or pulse synchronous Tinnitus can be an important indicator of Intracranial hypertension or any vascular abnormality like blood vessel narrowing which might be due to Atherosclerosis or Arterio-venous fistula. You may temporary relief from pulse-synchronous tinnitus by sleeping with their head elevated at a 45-degree angle.

It would be advisable to consult a Neurologist as early as possible. If needed he/she may advise you with MRI Angiography to reach the diagnosis.

Hope I answered your query. I would be happy to hear from you if you have any follow-up questions.Take care.

Regards,
Dr. Riddhi Shah
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