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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

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