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Calcification Around The Heart
Is the artery wall thickening that occurs in moyamoya disease the same as the the thickening in atherosclerosis?
NO: In Moyamoya disease the inner layer of the inner layer of the carotid artery overgrows and fills the artery, eventually closing it off. But this is not like atherosclerosis where the walls of arteries are damaged, leading to deposition of cholesterol and white blood cells. Both can cause strokes, but Moyamoya is seen in younger adults or even children! An angiogram shows the difference. ...Read more
Left ventricle: It is usually the left ventricle that enlarges (hypertrophies) in athletes. This is the main pumping chamber of the heart. Other areas can enlarge depending on the condition causing it. If concerned, get it checked out. You may need an EKG and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ultrasound shows artherosclerotic changes in the aorta! chest xray showed calcification of the aortic arch?
Is cardiomegaly the enlargement of the cardiac tissue or the dilation of the heart (increase in the volume/space)? confused
Chest X-ray revealed "the aorta is unfolded and demonstrates atherosclerotic wall calcifications. The width of the cardiac contour is normal." ?
Various causes: Engorgement is due to volume overload as from congestive heart failure or renal failure. Focal enlargement of a vessel may indicated an aneurysm. Widening of the mediastinum can indicate aortic dissection. Central pulmonary artery prominence can be due to pulmonary hypertension. Poor x-ray technique can cause magnification that is artifactual. I'm not a radiologist but that's a quick answer. ...Read more
Where is the esophagus in comparison to the heart and the aorta? The heart closest to the beast bone and then?
RCA or LCX: In 80% of people, the mid-inferior wall is supplied by the right coronary artery. In 10%, it's supplied by the left circumflex and in 10% there are contributions from both arteries. A focal abnormality in that location in a 60 yo man is statistically likely to be due to blockage in 1 or both of those arteries. The area is likely to be scarred or hibernating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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