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Mild ectasia of the aorta

A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
X-ray: Can only see so much, aneurysms only dangerous after certain dilation, with other factors like hypertension.
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: The degree of ascending aortic enlargement is small and would no be expected to be picked up on a regular chest x-ray. A ct scan or MRI would be neede... Read More
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Mild ectasia of the ascending aorta is almost impossible to pick up on a plain chest x-ray. You really need a cat scan for adequate follow-up.

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: You should consult a cardiologist and also consider getting tested for genetic disorders like Marfan syndrome.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gerald Hollander
Cardiology 48 years experience
This : This is fairly common. You should be aware of your vascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, smoking status, hypertension, etc.. A report of "... Read More
Dr. Joseph Moore
Cardiology 34 years experience
Common: Aortic aneurysm is very common and often detected on scans. They usually do not cause any symptoms until something really bad happens such as rupture.... Read More
Dr. Franklin Schneider
Cardiology 32 years experience
Common: Enlargement of the aorta is common, although usually at older ages. Smokers and patients with certain specific inherited conditions can have aortic a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Unfortunately the: CALCIUM SCORE on your CT scan does NOT measure your cardiac function nor the functional sttaus of your coronary areteries. I do not see an age along w... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Possibly: Annual echo and ct scans and follow with cardiology and cardiothoracic surgeon.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Not significant: Those findings are unimportant. Why was the study done in the first place?
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Talk to cards: With the Aortic root dilation,I would speak with cards because depending on the size ,structure may be best not to lift heavy things.Regress probably ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Cardiologist: I believe that a cardiologist with special interest in Marfan's syndrome is best qualified to answer your question. I do believe that beta blockers as... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
No: Depending on your body surface area, it may even be normal for your size. If there is any family hx of aneurysms or if you smoke (or used to smoke), y... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Vascular evaluation: ectasia refer to a loosening or widening of the aorta- an aneurysm refer to a ballooning or wall weakness, Usually benign under 5 cm.

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