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kuh ro tid

  • a  of or relating to either of the two major arteries supplying blood to the head and neck

  • The four ascending arteries (two carotid, two vertebral) that carry blood toward the brain from the aorta's arch, just above the heart, are subject to the same types of disease .
  • One doctor felt a faint carotid pulse, another felt a femoral pulse.
  • Discovered in 1743, it is called the carotid body, or glomus caroticum; there is one on each side of the neck.
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  • Walter Reed in Bloomberg
    Our study has shown that the presence of a carotid bruit significantly increased the likelihood of cardiovascular death or heart attack,Christopher Pickett from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, wrote in the journal report.
  • Patrick Fitzgerald in CBS2 Chicago
    His carotid artery was throbbing in his neck,Fitzgerald told the court.
  • Jared Aulin in Globe and Mail
    It was scary, especially since I was getting headaches and dizziness and I wasn't sure why,Aulin said. "I wasn't hit on the head. But it was because the carotid artery was swollen [and not properly supplying blood to the brain]."

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