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Doctor insights on: Aortic Sclerosis Without Stenosis

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I am wanting to find out why i have been having severe feelings of falling while sitting I do have multiple sclerosis and spinal stenosis ?

I am wanting to find out why i have been having severe feelings of falling  while sitting   I do have multiple sclerosis and  spinal stenosis ?

Ataxia: Would blame the MS for your sensations, and likely you have lesions over cerebellum and brainstem. Key is whether you are having relapse, and if so, this needs to be treated. You do not mention your medication, but you need a potent disease modifying agent, not the self injectables of the past. B-12 and Vit D levels should be checked. ?Concierge appt here on site? ...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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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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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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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

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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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Wha is a aortic stenosis?

Tightening: Aortic stenosis is a decrease in the size of the area of the aortic valve. This can be congenital (born with it), infectious, acquired (due to atherosclerosis). Treatment is medical (if possible), interventional, or surgical. ...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


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more