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Can An Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Shrink By Itself
"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Ascending aa usually needs surgical repair with cardiopulmonary bypass. If the aortic arch is involved, may need a bentall procedure as well, which is reconstruction of the vessels coming off arch. If aortic root involved, may need aortic valve repair. In rare cases, endovascular repair may be possible. A cardiothoracic surgeon and/or cardiologist will do tests and advise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: It doesn't stop in the carotid (which is a large artery). It keeps right on moving until it comes to a vessel that's too small for passage and then it becomes lodged there and obstructs circulation. Since the carotids supply the brain, these emboli cause strokes. ...Read more
Can you see a dissection of the aortic root arch or ascending aorta on a echocardiography? Which other tests can detect?
Location location: An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of the aorta causing it to balloon out. In most cases this weakening is in the part of the aorta below the kidney arteries. Sometimes an aneurysm may involve the part of the aorta where the kidney arteries originate. These type of aneurysms are more challenging to treat especially if you are pursuing a minimally invasive option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As soon as an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery can it cause an aneurysm?
Blockage: Usually an embolus from the heart to the carotids causes obstruction of blood flow either in the carotid artery or other blood vessels feeding the brain. An aneurysm can occur without blockage or embolus and is usually related to an abnormality in the wall of the blood vessel. ...Read more
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