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What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

Athersclerosis: Combination of genetics and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis results from smoking and unhealthy eating. ...Read more

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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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Heart enlarged tortuosity of the thoracic aorta ?

Heart enlarged tortuosity of the thoracic aorta ?

Enlarged heart: It is better you have it looked at it by a Cardiologist. This sounds like a Xray finding. Heart size could be better evaluated by other nonivasive testings like echocardiogram. ...Read more

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Tortuous aorta symptoms?

Tortuous aorta symptoms?

Aorta: A tortuous aorta may have no symptoms. If there are symptoms they generally relate to obstructed blood flow related to the tortuosity. The symptom would depend on what wasn't getting good flow or perhaps some compression caused in adjacent organ by the tortuosity. ...Read more

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Foci of aneurysmatic dilation of the dital descending aorta?

Foci of aneurysmatic dilation of the dital descending aorta?

What size?: Typically they do nothing other than control blood pressure---and cholesterol risks----if you smoke--stop it is a definate risk for you aneursym They consider operating on anerursyms that are >5cm in size or any that are actively dissecting ...Read more

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What's the difference between thoracic aortic aneurysms and tortuous aorta?

Diameter: Aneurysm 2x normal size of native aorta. Tortuous regards to the course of the vessel. Ectasia refers to enlarged vessel but less than twice normal. Arteriomegaly-large arteries, not aneurysmal. ...Read more

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How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

Couple of things: Ascending aortic aneurysms occur anywhere from just after the heart to just after the takeoff of the blood brain vessels. In descending aneurysm, the site is any of the remaining aorta. This becomes complicated because one type can also turn into the other. Generally speaking, ascending aneurysms are usually operated on, and descending are usually medically managed. Complicated topic. ...Read more

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MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM.Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea. ??

Mild thickening's OK: See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair?" many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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Is a descending aortic aneurysm more dangerous than an ascending aortic aneurysm?

Depends: Aneurysms are dangerous because many people don't know they have them until they rupture. Screening is important for people over 65 with family history of aneurysm, smoking or htn. Ascending aneurysms and para visceral (upper abdomen) aneurysms are probably the most challenging to repair. ...Read more

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Arteriosclerotic internal carotid & vertebro basilar arteries predominantly the left vertebrobasilar segment appearing tortuous with slight prominence?

Arteriosclerotic internal carotid & vertebro basilar arteries predominantly the left vertebrobasilar segment appearing tortuous with slight prominence?

Vertrebrobasilar: Were you started on full anticoagulation (warfarin/coumadin)? If so the bleeding gums could be secondary to therapy. The vertebrobasilar arterial blockage cannot be repaired surgically.You might be experiencing: dizziness, loss of balance, and incoordination. ...Read more

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What would left anterior descending coronary artery blockage cause?

What would left anterior descending coronary artery blockage cause?

Left anterior descen: This has been called the "widow maker" artery that can cause angus, heart attack or myocardial infarction, or sudden death. ...Read more

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1. Ct scan shows 30% stenosis in the proximal vessel, 30-50% stenosis in the mid-vessel in left anterior descending artery. What procedure is needed?

1.  Ct scan shows 30% stenosis in the proximal vessel, 30-50% stenosis in the mid-vessel in left anterior descending artery. What procedure is needed?

Depends.: Depends upon symptoms and any preceding tests you may have done. If you have no symptoms I am not sure you need anything other than aggressive risk reduction. Possibly could have a chemical stress test done. Should consult with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Abdominal aorta calcification means what?

Abdominal aorta calcification means what?

Calcification : Calcification of blood vessel walls (including of the aorta) is commonly detected by X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound tests. It usually indicates the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease involving cholesterol and thickening/hardening of the vessel wall. ...Read more

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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows artherosclerotic changes in the aorta! chest xray showed calcification of the aortic arch?

Ultrasound shows artherosclerotic changes in the aorta! chest xray showed calcification of the aortic arch?

Cholesterol: You have atherosclrosis. Just focus on the risk reduction. Cholesterol and BP control. If you have diabetes make sure it is under control. Do not smoke. ...Read more

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