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i can see the pulse moving in my neck

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i can see the pulse moving in my neck
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.

Are you a thin female?
Do you have any chronic health problems?
Are you having any dizziness or any other concerns?

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
no i am not thin at all 150 lbs overweight
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Ok, thank you for the clarification,

You are most likely seeing the venous pulsations of the jugular vein in your neck. It is a reflection of your heartbeat transmitted to your neck. This is not necessarily abnormal. It can become more prominent in people who have underlying lung disease or heart disease so if you have a history of either of these, make sure you follow up with your doctor.

In some people, the carotid artery pulsations can also be seen. This is typically more common in thin people.

If you are experiencing any shortness of breath, swelling in your legs, chest pain or dizziness, you need to be evaluated right away as this along with the pulsations can be signs of heart problems.

Let me know if you have any follow up questions and I will be happy to discuss further,

Dr Abby

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