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Narrowed heart valve: The aortic valve is between the left ventricle and the aorta. It ensures that blood flows from the heart to the body and not backwards. When the valve is malformed, it does not open fully and the ventricle must work harder to push blood to the body. The medical term for this condition is stenosis. ...Read more
Not really : We don't have therapies to "melt plaque", but there are treatments to stabilize atherosclerotic plaque. These include Aspirin and aca inhibitors which can be very effective in treating non symptomatic carotid stenosis. The exception to this rule is if you have a severe stenosis greater than 60 percent the current data supports treatment (endarterectomy v. Stent). ...Read more
2 questions: Aortic stenosis w/o symptoms has good prognosis. Symptomatic as has 5, 3, and 2 yr life expectancy depending on symptoms. Chest pain (5), passing out (3) and heart failure (2) yrs. This improves if the valve is replaced. Mitral valve prolapse does not significantly affect your prognosis by itself. Some though can worsen and begin to leak. This can also lead to heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is mod to sever aorta stenosis with peak/mean pressure gradient of 57.06mmhg/37.30mmh requiring aorta valve replacement stat?
It could be: It depends upon whether symptoms are present. If the aortic stenosis is causing chest pain, congestive heart failure, shortness of breath or blackouts then this is usually regarded as a reason for prompt treatment. If there are no symptoms then watchful waiting is sometimes appropriate. BTW some patients in this age group qualify to have the valve implanted through a catheter via the groin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On labetelol tambocor (flecainide) diathazide severe PVC hypertension recent angiogram show ascending thoracic aorta prominent with 3.7 CM dilation. Concerned?
Close observation: It sounds like you have a couple different issues that require regular observation. While your aortic root diameter does not suggest that surgery is needed at this time, your blood pressure needs strict control and regular imaging studies can detect enlargement. And if your pvcs are not well controlled on tambocor (flecainide) or if you have more than 10-15, 000 per day, catheter ablation can be a good option. ...Read more
Narrowing of artery: The term refers to the narrowing of the carotid arteries which supply blood to the brain. This narrowing is usually caused by the buildup of fatty substances and cholesterol deposits, called plaque. Carotid artery occlusion refers to complete blockage of the artery. When the carotid arteries are obstructed, you are at an increased risk for a stroke, the third leading cause of death in usa. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My recent thoracic MRI for scoliosis shows right-sided aortic arch& right-sided descending thoracic aorta..possible congenital heart dis. Can u die ?
Chill out: If you lived to the ripe age of 31 before finding out you had this anomaly, you will likely live a full life without problems. The process is likely a "laterality sequence". This originates early in fetal formation. Those with bad heart defects show up early in life. You need further study, and consultation with a geneticist. The worst of these is more common in males. ...Read more