It’s So Quiet, You Can Hear a Carotid Bruit

December 31, 2006

To hear carotid bruits more clearly,ask patients to inhale deeply andhold their breath.

To hear carotid bruits more clearly,ask patients to inhale deeply andhold their breath. A deep inhalationincreases intrathoracic pressure andvenous return to the heart. Theseconditions magnify the bruit; in addition,holding the breath preventsbreath sounds from drowning outthe bruit.-- Rodolfo Gonzales, MD
   Yuma, Ariz