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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Tortuous Aorta

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What causes a tortuous aorta?

What causes a tortuous aorta?

Plaque: Often associated with mild atherosclerosis and age. Not worrisome unless associated aneurysm or blockages. ...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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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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Can tortuous aorta dangerous?

No: It's a sign of aging - it's not any more dangerous than getting older is. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tortuous aorta?

What are the symptoms of a tortuous aorta?

Tortuosity aorta: Usually has no symptoms specific to tortuosity. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a tortuous aorta mean?

Please tell me what does a tortuous aorta mean?

Usually meaningless: It just means that your aorta…the major blood vessel that leaves your heart is curvy.
It has many potential causes but in in of itself is completely meaningless. ...Read more

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What does a tortuous aorta mean? How is it treated?

Maybe a warning: A tortuous aorta is one that is not straight (the normal condition) but does not contain and aneurysm. This may occur normally in older people or those with long standing hypertension.
It may also occur in younger people who have abnormal composition of their artery walls. In this circumstance it may be a warning of increased risk of aneurysm in the future
.By itself it is of no consequence ...Read more

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I need to know what is tortuous aorta and what are its implications?

Twisty: Tortuous simply implies that the aorta, which is usually runs a straight back from the upper chest through the belly, makes a lot of twists and turns. Tortuosity of the aorta, by itself, has few implications in health or disease. ...Read more

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What kinds of doctors can treat a tortuous aorta?

What kinds of doctors can treat a tortuous aorta?

Tortuous aorta: We don't usually specifically treat a tortuous aorta. Doctors who might relate are GP, Internist, Cardiologist ...Read more

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Is having a tortuous aorta worse than developing a aaa?

Is having a tortuous aorta worse than developing a aaa?

Tortuous vessel: No. Lots of people has tortuous vessels that never cause problems. That's not to say people with tortuous vessels can't have problems too but the tortuous vessels alone are very rarely the cause. ...Read more

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Is their any factor that an old healed PTB (CXR 7months ago) can lead to Tortuous Aorta based for his recently CXR. (this for my husband).thank u, GBU?

Is their any factor that an old healed PTB (CXR 7months ago) can lead to Tortuous Aorta based for his recently CXR. (this for my husband).thank u, GBU?

No: Tortuous aorta is a harmless x-ray finding that occurs with normal aging. It does not increase the risk of aneurysm or rupture. It's not related to pulmonary TB. Follow up chest x-rays are wise after full treatment for TB, but don't let the tortuous aorta description worry you. It's just the radiologist doing his/her job! ...Read more

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Got the first time in my xray result that I have tortuous aorta. Is this condition alarming? What medications are usually administered. I'm 54 yo mal

It means: The course of the aorta twists/turns more than normal. It is usually relatively straight. This is a fairly common finding as we age. There is no treatment per se, it is usually asymptomatic and an incidental finding on imaging. However, it could be a sign of atherosclerosis and/or hypertension, so talk to your doc. ...Read more

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What is enlarged heart, and a tortuous aorta?

X-Ray Finding: This sounds like a report from a chest x-ray. Chest x-ray can detect whether a heart is enlarged or not. It can also look at the aorta and give a sense of whether the aorta has a normal "smooth" course or a more pronounced one. In and of themselves, these findings don't necessarily mean anything specific, and could need more followup tests. ...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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What does descending tortuous aorta mean and can this be attributable to frequent upper gastric pain? Many times severe enough to go to ER.

What does descending tortuous aorta mean and can this be attributable to frequent upper gastric pain? Many times severe enough to go to ER.

Not straight: Your aorta is not straight like in most people. Usually doesn't cause upper gastric pain, but can cause back pain. Your gastric pain is something else that needs evaluation. ...Read more

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I had findings on a pre op chest xray blood workup. Ast/alt was 32 for each. In chest xray a 9mm nodular density at medial rt lung. Also tortuous aorta?

Liver no.'s: Not that bad- follow up nodular density with pcp, not much to do with aorta- were you a smoker? Are your lipids normal? --see your pcp. ...Read more

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Can a mild tortuous descending thoracic aorta be caused by a 5cm hiatal hernia? Should this be a concern when having surgery for the hernia?

Can a mild tortuous descending thoracic aorta be caused by a 5cm hiatal hernia? Should this be a concern when having surgery for the hernia?

No, and no: The two issues are completely separate. I have seen dozens of occasions where the aorta is tortuous or not in the usual position in relation to the diaphragm during these types of hernia repairs. Make sure to see a general or thoracic surgeon with substantial experience in laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair for a consultation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What does tortuous calcified aorta mean?

What does tortuous calcified aorta mean?

Arteriosclerosis: This is the radiographic hallmark of arterioscleroisis as seen on a chest x-ray. It would be most unusual in a 38 year old so I assume this doesn't apply to you? ...Read more

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I am a 58 yo female w/a tortuous calcified aorta showing on my back X-ray should I be concerned??

Talk with your doc: Those findings most likely indicate some atherosclerosis in the aorta and you should follow up with your doctor for possible imaging such as a CT Angio of the aorta. ...Read more

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What is "tortuous thoracic aorta and is it serious?

No: It's a radiographic description and it has no clinical implications. It doesn't cause symptoms and it isn't a risk factor for rupture. ...Read more

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What is a tortuous thoracic aorta? Is it serious? Do I need to do anything? My doctor doesn't seem to be worried but then again he never seems to

Uusally normal: This is a common finding on a chest x-ray and in most cases is simply a slight twist in the otherwise normal curvature of the aorta. Uusally not serious. If you wish to be certain, a cardiologist can do an echocardiogram and in most cases determine if anything else, such an an aneurysm is present. Unfortunately "tortuous" is only a description, not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with tortuous and atherosclerotic thoracic aorta. What is that in layman talk?

Interpretation: Tortuous = twisted. Atherosclerotic = cholesterol laden. Thoracic = chest. Aorta = major blood vessel from heart to internal organs & extremities. ...Read more

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Would a tortuous thoracic aorta prevent me from having vertical gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss?

No: Sleeve gastrectomy is an abdominal surgery. Tortuous thoracic aorta should not impact the decision whether to perform this surgery or not (unless there are other problems with the aorta, such as an aneurysm). ...Read more

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A recent chest x-ray revealed "a tortuous ascending and descending aorta, I am scheduled for surgery on my thyroid- there is a 3.7cm nodule on the lef?

Tortuous aorta: Means that the aorta takes a more twisting course than its normal straight direction. This is usually due to aging or atherosclerosis. There is usually little clinical significance to this xray finding. ...Read more

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An MRI to test for HCM says There is a tortuous descending aorta. There is an aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea?

MRI answers nothing: The MRI answers nothing about HCM. The descending aorta being tortuous points to a long history of hypertension, smoking, and/or high cholesterol. The right subclavian normally passes in front of (not behind) the windpipe. This anomaly probably doesn't mean much, u were probably born with it. With HCM, you want to get an idea of how narrow the outflow tract (aortic valve) is, which is not given. ...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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Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?

Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?

See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read more

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What is aortic tortuous and what can be done to treat it?

Best to do nothing.: Tortuous aorta is a finding on chest xray which is often associated with age. It just means that the aorta takes a winding path down the chest. This can sometimes be confused with other things in the chest such as aneurysm. The fact that the radiologist called it tortuous aorta means they are very confident that it is nothing else. There is no treatment for this since it is not really a problem. ...Read more