Is there a risk to two different pulses in my neck?

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Submitted by Dr T on June 18, 2011 – 8:40am


Hi Dr T,
Sometimes when I feel my neck pulse, it feels like the right and left side are pumping at different rates, is this normal? I also get some twitches on the left side ocasionally.

Not knowing anything else about you, the best way to go ahead and assess whether you are at risk for cardiovascular disease or stroke. Ask yourself the following:

  • Do you have any symptoms like light headedness or fainting?
  • Do you have risk factors for heart disease or stroke, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity or smoking?
  • Do you have circulation problems elsewhere?

If the answer is yes to any of these, you should consult with a doctor who can give you a proper examination and tell you whether you a real problem.
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Hope this helps,
Dr T

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