how cardiologists observe jugulars (w/beam of light on neck)

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how cardiologists observe jugulars (w/beam of light on neck)

Postby Cece » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:13 am

"Cardiologists can estimate the blood pressure in the jugular vein (jugular venous pressure) by careful observation of the vein. This requires the patient to be lying down with the upper body at an angle of less than 30 degrees, with the neck muscles relaxed. The doctor usually observes the jugular vein from the side, aided by a beam of light shining on the patient's neck. From this perspective, he or she can observe the filling level of the jugular and estimate the blood pressure."

http://health.howstuffworks.com/disease ... ension.htm

This seems like something we can try at home. Not sure how strong the beam of light has to be.

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Postby Downunder » Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:43 pm

This looks like the External Jugular which drains the face.

The Internal Jugular which drains the brain, is tucked in between the neck muscles.
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Postby Cece » Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:48 pm

That makes a lot of sense. :oops: Thanks!
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Postby Downunder » Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:43 pm

That's OK!!
I didn't understand the difference til I was on the table, minutes from my procedure asking my IR what was the difference and why wasn't the EJV being checked!!
Thankfully he didn't think I was an idiot!!
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