This has really been bothering me. There is a vein on the temple of the right side of my head that will often start throbbing and moving around. It will randomly start pulsating and twitching at any time of the day, and it happens when I'm active or just laying down. It is accompanied by a strong feeling of pressure. When it happens you are able to see it moving around, and if I put hold my fingers over it it is very easy to feel. Sometimes it happens on my left temple but not as much.
A quick google search shows that it is probably an artery, and not a vein. More specifically, it looks like the superficial temporal artery. Does anyone know anything about this or if it it something to worry about? Thanks
For what it's worth, the Promethease report of my DNA says that I am at a high risk for aneurysm, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease etc (basically every cardiovascular thing). A recent checkup shows a body mass index in the normal range, and a borderline abnormal systolic blood pressure value of 120 which is borderline prehypertension (diastolic value was 70).
Interestingly, an ultrasound of my right and left carotid arteries both show abnormal PSV (peak systolic velocity) values of 143 and 135, respectively. This is in the "significant" range of artery blockage, which is 50% or more blockage if the value is above 125. The superficial temporal artery that I feel pulsating is a part of the carotid artery.
Superficial temporal artery: