A 61-year-old female asked:
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in x-ray findings, the dr. said that there were extensive artherosclerotic, changes in the visualized abdominal aorta. what does this mean?

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Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Aorta has calcium: The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the abdomen (diagram.) Visualized calcium may indicate hardening of arteries. Further evaluation is needed to determine if there is blockage of any blood vessels. Consult with your primary care provider to determine next steps. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
Answered on Feb 19, 2017
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Early warning: Atherosclerosis is the condition in which the linings of arteries accumulates a cholesterol rich deposit, narrowing the artery and occasionally beginning the process of breaking off material which can clog further arteries downstream. Because this is a generalized problem, arteries like those in your heart and brain can be too narrow to function well. This is a warning and changes must be made.
Answered on Feb 19, 2017
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Dr. Anita Prakash
28 years experience Cardiology
You ought to see your internist, get lipids checked and get yourself risk stratified for long term CV risk and initiate treatment with medicines and/or lifestyle changes at the earliest.
Oct 21, 2015
Dr. J mark Rheudasil
37 years experience Vascular Surgery
Calcium: There is calcium in the wall of the aorta +/- iliac arteries. This is arteriosclerosis or "hardening" of the arteries. This may not need treatment. ( other than not smoking, keeping BP and cholesterol under control). A vascular surgeon can tell you if additional testing or treatment is necessary.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Harold L Kennedy
56 years experience Cardiology
To assess risk further ... one suspects an increased Calcium score and evidence by CT of coronary artery disease. Notwithstanding that discovery, the therapy of intensive statins and aspirin would seem indicated in the presence of peripheral artery disease.
Feb 19, 2017
Dr. Norman Chideckel
41 years experience Vascular Surgery
Aorta: An x-ray would only show calcium deposits which would be consistent with the findings of extensive atherosclerotic changes. if he wished to learn more about her abdominal aorta, abdominal ultrasound or perhaps a CT scan of the abdomen would be more definitive. These findings could be consistent with atherosclerotic disease, perhaps elevated cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, and smoking.
Answered on Feb 22, 2017

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