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Doctor insights on: Abdominal Aortic Sclerosis

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Need doctor's help! what do they mean by aortic sclerosis present?

Need doctor's help! what do they mean by aortic sclerosis present?

Thickening: Thickening and calcium build up on valves causes the sclerosis . Doesn't mean anything in the short term
need follow up in yearly echo. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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How can I help my father who has aortic sclerosis?

How can I help my father who has aortic sclerosis?

Support/encourage: Aortic sclerosis is quite common as people get older, 25-30% in those>65 yrs of age. It is the calcification and thickening of the aortic valves without flow obstruction, but it a marker for athersclerosis/heart disease. Encourage him to take good control blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes etc--take meds!. And don't smoke. Regular exercise, keep ideal body wt. Consult doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had an echo that stated "essentially normal". Said my three aortic leaflets are mildly thickened but open well. isnt that considered aortic sclerosis?

Had an echo that stated "essentially normal". Said my three aortic leaflets are mildly thickened but open well. isnt that considered aortic sclerosis?

Yes: What the reader might have meant was that "there is no hemodynamic adverse effect" as a result of "mildly thickened" trileaflet aortic valve. But, yes, you are correct is making the connection to early atherosclerosis = sclerosis. Consider checking your fasting lipid levels and embarking on a heart healthy lifestyle if you have not already. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if minimal aortic sclerosis always get worse?

Can you tell me if minimal aortic sclerosis always get worse?

Not necessarily: Aortic sclerosis is normal aging from "wear and tear" and doesn't inevitably get worse. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 45 year old female to have aortic sclerosis? I am healthy otherwise.

Possible: Aortic sclerosis is thickening of the valve leaflets which occurs naturally as people get older. It certainly can start showing up as early as 40s but is it also possible that whoever read your echocardiogram may have made note of something very minimal. Either way it is a benign issue that is different that aortic stenosis and may or may not progress. ...Read more

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If you have aortic sclerosis mild mitral regurgitation and mild cardiomegaly should you see a cadiologist?

See a Cardiologist: The best way to assess the heart valves and size is with an echocardiogram - an ultrasound of the heart. If the heart valves do not open well and are stiff (sclerotic or stenotic) or are leaking (regurgitation) and the heart is enlarged (cardiomegaly) this could be a problem which requires medications and further testing. ...Read more

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My CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed sclerosis on both sides of the SI joints, indicating sacroiltis. Is this indicative of multiple sclerosis?

My CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed sclerosis on both sides of the SI joints, indicating sacroiltis. Is this indicative of multiple sclerosis?

Of course not: "Sclerosis" is a general term that refers to pathological hardening of tissue due especially to calcification or overgrowth of fibrous tissue. In the CNS, where there is no fibrous tissue, it refers to an analogous process of tissue degeneration. Multiple sclerosis by definition occurs only in the CNS, not in joints. This sort of information is readily obtainable from a quick web search. ...Read more

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Should i ask my doctor about liver damage? Bloated tummy, sore muscles, upper abdomen tired all the time but also have multiple sclerosis.

Should i ask my doctor about liver damage? Bloated tummy, sore muscles, upper abdomen tired all the time but also have multiple sclerosis.

Yes, see doctor: If you have MS, you are advised to get it medicated. You do NOT list any such item. You need to have a primary care physician assess your symptoms and uncover causation. ...Read more

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What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

Ectasia: Ectasia is dilation or distension of a blood vessel. ...Read more

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Is fasting needed for the abdominal aorta ultrasound?

Is fasting needed for the abdominal aorta ultrasound?

Yep: You'll need to fast for eight to 12 hours before your abdominal ultrasound. Food and liquids in your stomach and urine in your bladder can make it difficult for the ultrasound technician to get a clear picture of your aorta. Please follow your prep instructions provided by the Radiology facility where your test will be performed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to feel your aortic artery in your abdomen?

What does it mean to feel your aortic artery in your abdomen?

Abdominal aorta: Usually if you can feel your abdominal aorta you are quite thin and your abdominal musculature isn't particularly firm. For drs. It is possible to palpate the aorta in such people. It does not necessarily imply abnormality. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

What are possible causes of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

Atherosclerosis: Some theories about collagen, ischemic wall etc, but most are in atherosclerotic vessels in abdomen or elsewhere.
Aneurysms can happen in any blood vessel, but AAA is the most common.
Some rare infections , congenital, traumatic. ...Read more

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What is the presumed cause of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

What is the presumed cause of most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta?

Several theories: Most common belief is that aneurysms develop due to some inherent weakness in the artery's muscular layer due to an imbalance of collagen metabolism or genetic collagen abnormalities. The only independent risk of aneurysm growth is high blood pressure and smoking. ...Read more

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Supposing my abdominal aorta had ruptured, how would i be able to tell?

Supposing my abdominal aorta had ruptured, how would i be able to tell?

Abdominal aorta: If your abdominal aorta ruptures you rapidly have severe pain, your blood pressure drops and if you have ruptured the wall so you're bleeding, you'll likely rapidly bleed to death. When you rupture into the wall of the aorta we call this dissection and its main symptom is severe pain. This situation is often as fatal as external rupture into the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they reach a certain size due to the risk of rupture. People with aortic anuerysms should follow up routinely with a vascular specialist for ongoing management of the condition (cardiologist or vascular surgeon). ...Read more

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When doing ultrasound of the abdominal aorta how high up do u c? To the diafragma or shorter? Is it impossible to c higher?

When doing ultrasound of the abdominal aorta how high up do u c? To the diafragma or shorter? Is it impossible to c higher?

To the diaphragm : Usually the sonographer will go from the diaphragm to the aortic bifurcation. If possible then the common iliac arteries. Not usually seen in the distal thoracic aorta ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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I had and echocardiogram and it came out fine can I ruled out problem with my aorta cause i'm scared cause i can see my upper abdominal beating alot?

I had and echocardiogram and it came out fine can I ruled out problem with my aorta cause i'm scared cause i can see my upper abdominal beating alot?

Abdominal beating: No you can not rule out abdominal aortic pathology from echo. In thin individuals you can feel abdominal pulsation from aorta. Ultrasound or ct chest/abdomen/pelvis can rule out abdominal aortic aneurysms. ...Read more

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Aorta beating in upper abdomen, should I be concerned?

Aorta beating in upper abdomen, should I be concerned?

Aorta perception: Better that it is beating than not.
The aorta can be felt through the skin in many people, especially if you are thin. When you start to go to sleep, sometimes you become aware of all sorts of heart beats/blood vessels. So this may be normal but a new awareness. But feeling your aorta raises the question of an aneurism that may be expanding, and that would be serious. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if you have a beating abdominal aorta?

Aorta: Blood flows through the aorta as it is pumped around the body by the heart. If you don't have 'beating' or blood flow in the aorta, you have serious trouble. If the aorta gets stretched out and enlarged, that is a problem called aneurysm. ...Read more

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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more