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Doctor insights on: Coartation Of The Aorta

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Can a fall off a bicycle cause a tear in the aorta?

Can a fall off a bicycle cause a tear in the aorta?

Unlikely but possible: Any serious deceleration can cause traumatic disruption of the aorta. More commonly motor vehicle collisions, but I have seen a bicycle collision do it. ...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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What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

Atherosclerosis: . Meaning tortuosity- ? As the tissue hardens they may extend and kink a bit. ...Read more

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How can you measure aorta size?

How can you measure aorta size?

Ultrasound, but...: The two primary ways we measure the aorta is by ultrasound or ct scanning. Each modality has its pros and cons. While ultrasound is the preferred screening and first-line method of aortic imaging, one caveat to keep in mind is that it does tend to overestimate the size of the abdominal aorta and it is not practical for imaging of the thoracic aorta. Ct is more accurate though not cost-effective. ...Read more

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What is slight unfolding of aorta?

Xray: This is a chest xray appearance of a widening of the normal aortic arch curve in the superior thorax. It does not necessarily have pathologic import though it is often seen in older patients and those with hypertension and atherosclerotic disease. ...Read more

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What does atheromatous aorta mean medically?

Cholesterol plaque: It means the aorta has some cholesterol plaques on it. When noted on a x-ray or ct scan, this typically means that some calcified plaques are present on the films. Usually this is managed through cholesterol medication. ...Read more

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If a normal adult has a hole in their aorta. How can this be fixed?

Not normal : It is not normal to have a hole in the aorta. If a hole is present, it would lead to internal bleeding. Occasionally, abnormal connections between aorta and other structures or blood vessels could be seen which may be contained and/or tolerated. Further detail is needed to answer this question. ...Read more

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Could i survive a knife stab through the aorta?

Through the: Actual aorta - very unlikely. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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What is a herniated aorta?

What is a herniated aorta?

No such thing: A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of an organ through a defect -- this really can't happen with the aorta. An enlarged aorta may (incorrectly) be called a "hernia", but more appropriately that would be ectasia or an aneurysm. ...Read more

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What's the risk of the aorta getting weaker in 2 months time with occasional bursts of extreme BP. Maybe once a day.

Aorta: I don't think you can find an answer for this one. Doing this research would be very difficult. The likelihood is the risk is low however. Those occassional bursts of 'extreme BP' would be more likely to cause other problems. I won't mention them as I suspect your anxiety would only transfer from the aorta to other things. ...Read more