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A 32-year-old member asked:

my 3-year-old brother has a bicuspid aortic valve. is this something serious?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: A bicuspid aortic valve is an abnormal valve. Typically, people with bicuspid aortic valve will develop valvular heart disease at a much greater rate than those without that issue. The problem also occurs earlier (usually in the 6th or 7th decade of life). While presently it is not likely to be a problem, in the future he has to be followed by a cardiologist.
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Maybe: The bicuspid aortic valve means it has 2 leaflets instead of three. Tis may not ever cause a problem. It can be hereditary. A cardiologist usually follows up on the condition. Aortic regurgitation can occur. Surgery is only sometimes necessary.

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What causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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Hypertension & genes: Genetics plus hypertension plus age.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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The three greatest risk factors for AAAs are being MALE, > 65 yrs, and having ever smoked.
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Dr. Mark Stern commented
Cardiology 46 years experience
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Dr Oliver Aalami makes a very good point about smoking in addition to age and genes
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What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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With twists/bends: The term "tortuous" simply means: full of twists, turns and bends. In medicine we use this to describe the pathway of veins or arteries. When either veins or arteries "grow" to become varicose veins or aneurysms, not only do they grow in diameter, but also in length. As they grow longer, they start bending and twisting to accommodate and "fit" into the same body.
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What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Ballooning Artery: An infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm is the dilitation or ballooning of the abdominal aorta below the branches that provide blood to the kidneys. It is believed that the wall of the artery weakens over time from inflammation. This weakening causes the artery to swell. When > 5cm in diameter the risk of rupture and bleeding goes up dramatically. This is life threatening and is typically repaired.
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What is the pathophysiology of abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Inflammatory process: The exact mechanism for AAA formation is not known. There are several etiologies/theories. The most widely accepted is that aaas form due to an inflammatory process in the wall of the aorta associated with atherosclerosis. Inflammatory cells are thought to degrade structural proteins (such as elastin) in the wall of the aorta, weakening it and allowing for aneurysm formation.
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What is the post-operative care of abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Depends: There is a big difference between an open repair and an endovascular repair. Open repairs require aggressive cardio-pulmonary resuscitation post-op. Depending on the extent of the repair patients are often kept intubated the first night. Endovascular procedures are typically less of a physiological burden on the body and patients are extubated the same day and typically go home the next day.

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