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Aorta Ectasia Vs Aneurysm
Is a 3.8 CM descending aorta an ectasia or an aneurysm and what is the difference? Can anything be done to decrease it or keep it from increasing?
Aneurysm: The difference between an aneurysm and a ectasia is one of degree. An ectasia is a mild enlargement of the aorta that is less then 1.5 times bigger than normal. Bigger than that is called an aneurysm. The normal size is 2cm so >3.0= aneurysm. More then 5.5 is considered large. The most important factor is very good BP control. Dr will be following this with ultrasounds every 6-12 mo. Good healh ...Read more
What to do if I'm 31 and I just found out that I have an aneurysm on my aorta. What to do if I'm very scared. Does anyone have any info that they can share with me?
Covered Stent: The latest treatment modality for an ascending aortic aneurysm would be an endograft (covered stent). One of the challenges is maintaining flow to the great vessels of the aortic arch. Branched and fenestrated endografts are currently being developed and tested to accommodate the aortic arch and the ascending thoracic aorta. ...Read more
Stent grafts: Special stent graft techniques are being researched to allow for preservation of the aortic arch branches and avoid a more invasive chest incision. Treatment of ascending aorta aneurysms involving the coronary arteries still will require bypass surgery, although may be combined with stent graft techniques. ...Read more
Someone with a aorta aneurysm and a hernia what limitations should they have as far as the amount of weight they can lift?
How long it takes to develop aneurysm of aorta in 23 y/o? If I have very high BP whenever active for 6 months. How high is dangerous for 6 month time?
Over 50 yrs.: In 23 yr old aneurysm is not the danger but Brain hemorrhage is if BP is persistently high. Also it is not high BP as dangerous as is the high swings as may happen with anxiety and exercise or isometric excesses like wt. Lifting. So you should have maximum safe reserve in BP control of 30 mm. U may have aneurysm if u have Marfans Syndrome, coarctation of Aorta or other elastic tissue disease. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. Other segments of the aorta can become aneurysmal, or other arteries such as the iliac or popliteal arteries, or even arteries of the brain. The most common non-cranial aneurysm is the aorta below the kidneys. This is most common in men >65 who have ever smoked. Brain / cerebral aneurysms can occur at any age and are slightly more common in women. ...Read more
Another aneurysm: Multiple aneurysms are fairly common so yes it is possible. ...Read more
I am 22. How long does it take for the aorta to become less flexible and in risk for aneurysms and dissection. Smoked on and off for some years...
Yes: Yes. If the AAA is fixed then flying is safe. ...Read more
Can a 22 year old aorta take high BP under 6 month time without developing an aneurysm? What's the risk of getting aneurysms,?
Have to undergo possible surgery for a aneurysm on my aorta what is the average time and stay in the hospital for such a procedure?
Endovascular 0-3 days
open 5-7 days
some personal risk factors// or complications may prolong. ...Read more
Should I worry I have an aneurysm? Have had high BP for 5 months and smoked on and off a couple of years but never again. Afraid the aorta will burst.
Hi bp: Be sure your BP is controlled to values below 140 / 90. At your age, below 130 / 80 is better. Minimize salt daily, do not smoke, exercise daily, achieve ideal weight, take your meds, self monitor your BP at least 2-3 times per week. Ask doc if work up for "secondary causes" is necessary. ...Read more
An aneurysm developed by extreme shorter bursts of extreme BP every day for 3 months would likely be in aorta or anywhere else?
BP: A very strange question that has no direct answer;however aneurysmal change can develop in any vessel anywhere in the body. Please provide more details of your affliction/symptoms or discuss this with your provider. ...Read more
Do u think high BP or less flexible aorta with atherosclerosis is worst for developing aneurysm? Young persons aorta with high BP or old with lower?
Not sure what u mean: In general aortic aneurysm either genetic or acquired (atherosclerosis) is related to a defective extracellular matrix in the wall of the aorta that leads to weakness and expansion of the artery. Hypertension By its effect on wall stress is just one factor that can cause the aneurysm to expand or dissect regardless of cause Others include inflammation and the type of protein matrix involved. ...Read more
What's the difference having high BP because of stress or of training specifically for your aorta? Which is worst short term for building aneurysms?
Transient bp: High blood pressure or systemic hypertension is a chronic condition in which the blood pressure is constantly elevated throughout the day; medical treatment Is needed to prevent long term complication such as stroke, heart attack or aneurysm. On the other hand, transient elevation of bp, by exercise or stress, is a normal response with no adverse clinical consequences. ...Read more
What tests can u do to see if u have a thoracic aneurysm? Also how big percentage of aneurysms is located at thoracic aorta and what's the symptoms?
See below: Echocardiogram to screen, CT with contrast to confirm. There are NO symptoms until it dissects - then severe, tearing pain, shock and death. The percentage depends on other associated health conditions you may (and probably don't) have. Unless you have Marfan's syndrome, a bicuspid aortic valve, or a strong family history of them, thoracic aortic aneurysms are very rare. ...Read more
I know that aortic aneurysm is a general term for swelling of the aorta. How does this affect my blood flow?
Is it worst for aorta having high BP because of stress or training? Building aneurysms short term I mean. Is it the same kind of pressure?
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