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Aorta (Overview)

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, and inherited risk factors.


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What is a herniated aorta?

What is a herniated aorta?

No such thing: A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of an organ through a defect -- this really can't happen with the aorta. An enlarged aorta may (incorrectly) be called a "hernia", but more appropriately that would be ectasia or an aneurysm.

Aorta (Overview)

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, and inherited risk factors.


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What is slight unfolding of aorta?

What is slight unfolding of aorta?

Xray: This is a chest xray appearance of a widening of the normal aortic arch curve in the superior thorax. It does not necessarily have pathologic import though it is often seen in older patients and those with hypertension and atherosclerotic disease.

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What does a pinched aorta feel like?

Doesn't happen: Aortas don't get pinched. They can become aneurysmal, rupture, leak, become stenotic (develop "blockage"), tear, become infected, inflamed - but not pinched.

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What is the normal psi of your aorta?

What is the normal psi of your aorta?

2-3.5 PSI: Pressure in the aorta is measured in mm of mercury, or mmhg. To convert to psi, divide normal aortic pressure of 100-180 mmhg by 10 to get cmhg, then use any simple conversion chart or app. It works out to 1.9 to 3.5 psi. Curious as to why you would want to know this though?

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What does uncoiling of the aorta mean?

Aorta: The term uncoiling of the aorta refers to an appearance on the chest xray which looks like the aorta has untwisted and elongated as if it is an unwound coil of a spring.

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What is atheroselerotic disease of aorta?

Cholesterol plaques: Atherosclerosis literally means "hardening of the arteries" which is caused by plaques or buildup of cholesterol along with immune cells and scar tissue inside the walls of blood vessels. This can occur in any blood vessel in the body, including the aorta, which is the large artery that delivers blood out to the body from the heart.

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What is the definition or meaning of aorta?

What is the definition or meaning of aorta?

Main artery: It's the largest and main artery coming of the left ventricle/heart. It gives branches to the heart, brain and all organs in the body.

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What does atheromatous aorta mean medically?

Cholesterol plaque: It means the aorta has some cholesterol plaques on it. When noted on a x-ray or ct scan, this typically means that some calcified plaques are present on the films. Usually this is managed through cholesterol medication.

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Could I survive a knife stab through the aorta?

Could I survive a knife stab through the aorta?

Through the: Actual aorta - very unlikely. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support.

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What is the result of a large hole in the aorta?

Aorta: A large hole in the wall of the aorta would be fatal if not immediately closed.

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What is the definition or description of: aorta?

What is the definition or description of: aorta?

The main artery: 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, and inherited risk factors.

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Please tell me what does atheromatous aorta mean?

ATHEROMATOUS AORTA: This means there are atheromatous changes seen on an imaging study which shows these changes in the aorta. It means the patient has atherosclerotic vascular disease.

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How do you fix a torn aorta due to heavy lifting?

Surgery sometimes: That would depend on where is the tear and how much it compromises flow to vital organs. If the tear is within the first few inches of the aorta taking off from the heart, emergent surgery is needed. If the tear is further downstream and does not compromise flow to vital organs then it may be treated with medications for pain/high blood pressure and watchful waiting.

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Can a fall off a bicycle cause a tear in the aorta?

Unlikely but possible: Any serious deceleration can cause traumatic disruption of the aorta. More commonly motor vehicle collisions, but I have seen a bicycle collision do it.

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What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

Atherosclerosis: . Meaning tortuosity-? As the tissue hardens they may extend and kink a bit.

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Why are isometric exercises bad for enlarged aortas?

Exercise: Isometrics can cause large blood pressure swings which can increase the wall stress on the enlarged aorta.

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What does it mean if you have a nonaneurysmal aorta?

Not enlarged: An aneurysm is an abnormal dilatation or enlargement of your aorta. Yours is not, however, the fact that they described it in this way instad of "normal" makes me winder if they are seeing something, like plaque or calcification. Ask for more detail of the report.

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Is it possible to have a torn aorta due to heavy lifting?

Aorta: It's possible for a blood pressure rise caused by heavy lifting to cause a tear in the aorta. This can be fatal.