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how long would an normal echocardiogram be efective against aortic dissection. in other words would a normal echo rule out future dissection?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
No, but...: Sadly, no. An echo can only see the world as it is at that exact moment in time. Dissection can always occur later. That said, thoracic dissections are rarely both serious and asymptomatic, so if one started, odds are good that you'd know in a painful, let's go visit the er sort of way.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can massage therapy help an aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
No AND...: If a person knows that they have an aortic aneurysm, it is likely large enough that it was found during a physician's exam. Some aortic aneurysms can be very sensitive and could rupture easily. While I am not able to find any reports of a ruptured aneurysm from massage, I do know of an aneurysm rupturing when a patient was being physically moved to an operating table.
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What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
See below: The repair is an operation so you might have pain from the incision. Now if there are complications, you could get many different symptoms depending on the type of complication. The aneurysm itself could cause pain or an abnormal pulsation in the abdomen but most commonly are discover by an x-ray for something else or at the time of a routine physical examination.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens in an aortic aneurysm repair?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Surgery or stent: Some aortic aneurysms occur in the chest. More often, aneurysms occur in the belly. Depending on the anatomy, some of the aneurysms can be surgically repaired and others can be repaired with a stent graft. Surgical repair involves excision and replacement of the aneurysmal segment. A stent graft is a percutaneous procedure.
Dr. Steven Guyton
Thoracic Surgery 46 years experience
WIth a stent graft the stent is placed within the aneurysm.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Sure: You might be worried about an infection of a repaired coarct. I would speak with your heart doctor or surgeon before proceeding, because you may need antibiotics if there was another heart issue fixed at the same time (coarct is often linked to other problems). In most cases, you should be fine, though. A quick call is important before you do anything invasive.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How does coarctation of the aorta impact blood pressure in a patient?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Coarctation: Raises the blood pressure.

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