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Can an ascending aortic aneurysm shrink by itself

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Unlikely: This is very unlikely. Aneurysms treated endovascularly (stents / endografts) do often shrink because they are depressurized.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
Not usually: Aortic aneurysms are generally degenerative processes. We use medications like beta blockers to keep it from expanding as quickly, but once begun, the ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. J Roberts
Dr. J Roberts answered
26 years experience Vascular Surgery
Echo...: Echocardiogram annually... When > 5 cm or aortic valve regurgitation is severe, then a bentall procedure is the classic repair. Speak with a cardiolo ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience Cardiology
Depends: Management of ascending aortic aneurysm his typically dependent on the size of the aorta. Assuming this is not a dissection, the diameter of the aort ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
32 years experience Anesthesiology
Surgical resection: Usually a procedure, varying in complexity, that involves resecting the affected portion of the aorta and replacing it with a tube graft made of gorte ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak answered
27 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends: Aneurysms are dangerous because many people don't know they have them until they rupture. Screening is important for people over 65 with family histor ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Prashant Sinha
18 years experience General Surgery
Operate: If it is truly an ascending aneurysm, it is life threatening and needs an operation. Type b or descending aneurysms in the thorax can many times be ma ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Chengot
42 years experience Cardiology
Surgery: Size and location matters in this regard check with your surgeon.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elden Rand
20 years experience Cardiology
Depends: Typically an ascending aortic aneurysm is repaired after it becomes between 5.0 to 5.5 cm in size, depending on other factors such as age, how quickly ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
5.5 -6.0 cm: Other factors are important: valve leakage( aortic regurgitation) increasing size or pain hypertension( high blood pressure) other cardiac or vasc ... Read More

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