Patient :My enquiry relates to a bulging temporal artery which becomes more prominent in times of heat,stress,etc.I am in good health,and have been checked for hyper dynamic circulation issues arising from hypertension,hyperthyroidism,anaemia with no indication of any of these.I would like to minimize the appearance of this artery when it becomes prominent.Does vasodilation of leg arteries via excercise specific to leg muscles only decrease blood flow to the upper body and in particular the superficial temporal arteries?
Symptoms: Bulging temporal arteries when hot and stressed
Welcome to ATD, thank you for the query.
The temporal artery and its branches including yours can bulge and pulse because of inflammation.
The condition is called temporal arteritis.
If you have headaches, chronic fatigue, muscle pain, night sweats, a biopsy of the artery is needed.
Please see a plastic surgeon for ligation (closure) of the artery for cosmetic reasons.
The tissue must be sent for pathologic examination.
Immunofluorescence studies may be needed.
So please before the biopsy also see a rheumatologist for evaluation and any recommendations to the surgeon as to tissue testing.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful.
Feel free to discuss further.
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