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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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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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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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Why coarctation of aorta in infantile, cause passes of the blood from pulmonary artery to the aorta through pda?

Why coarctation of aorta in infantile, cause passes of the blood from pulmonary artery to the aorta through pda?

Plumbing!: Blood must get to the body, else the fetus would not survive. The same is true once the baby is born. In utero, blood flows from pulm artery (pa) to aorta (ao) normally. Once born, the blood continues to flow this way so that blood can get to the body. When the PDA closes, the child becomes very sick. ...Read more

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Coarctation of the aorta . . . Always present from birth?

Coarctation of the aorta . . . Always present from birth?

Yes: By definition coarctation of the aorta is a abnormality of vascular embryology. At birth flow is adequate for the limited activity i the new born and early toddler years, but as children age, their growing bodies and activity out grows the narrowed aorta's ability to supply enough blood fast enough to keep up. ...Read more

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What is aneurysmal dilatation of the aorta ?

What is aneurysmal dilatation of the aorta ?

Aneurysm: Ballooning of the aorta more than one and half times normal size . In abdominal aorta where it's most common location usually above 3 cm in diameter is called abdominal aortic aneurysm or aaa. ...Read more

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Why coarctation of aorta in infants, causing blood flow from pulmonary artery to aorta?

Why coarctation of aorta in infants, causing blood flow from pulmonary artery to aorta?

PDA : It would only do that if the coarctation was severe and there was a patent ductus arteriosus (pda) which is a connecting artery between the aorta and pulmonary artery, leading to blood flow from pa to the descending aorta. ...Read more

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What is coarctation of the aorta?

What is coarctation of the aorta?

Narrowing of alrta: Coarctation is a narrowing of the main vessel (aorta). It leads to hypertension and increased work for the heart. Untreated it leads to stroke coronary disease and death. Therapeutic options are surgery or catheter therapy. ...Read more

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My recent chest x Ray said atherosclerotic tortuosity of aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta. Is this of any concern.

My recent chest x Ray said atherosclerotic tortuosity of aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta. Is this of any concern.

FURTHER W/U NEEDED: Usually the thoracic aorta will dilate slowly with age. If it is apparent already you need a determination of the size. A thoracic echo and possible TEE. To evaluate thoracic anatomy. And an abdominal US to evaluate abdominal aorta. Then consult a surgeon a surgeon for further recommendations as needed. You will need to monitor your blood pressure and keep it under tight control . ...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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When is coarctation of the aorta diagnosed?

It depends: Coarctation is usually detected routinely by noting a marked discrepancy in blood pressure between the arms and legs. This frequently is part of a work-up for severe hypertension--i.e. Resistant to medications, or occuring in an unusually young patient--which is a result of the obstruction to blood flow through the aorta (with build-up of pressure in the arms, where BP is routinely measured). ...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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What is coarctation of the aorta ?

Narrowing: Congenital narrowing of the aorta which is the main artery coming of the left side of the heart , typically affect aortic portion in the chest distal to left subclavian artery . It can present in babies but in mild cases it may have late presentation in adults. ...Read more

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What does "minimal ectasia versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery" mean??

What does "minimal ectasia
versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery" mean??

Artery wider there: Slight widening of the cerebral artery compared to the majority of the artery. No need for concern but needs to be followed by serial scans. Suggest MRI because of less (0) radiation over the years ...Read more

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What sort of disease is coarctation of the aorta?

What sort of disease is coarctation of the aorta?

Inherited blood vesl: This artery narrowing happens during blood vessel growth in the fetus, and can rarely be diagnosed before birth. Many narrowings have to be fixed surgically to prevent death or severe disability. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms?

AAA: Onceit reaches 5.5 cm diameter, then the risk of rupture with almost certain death is less than the risk of repair of the aneurysm. ...Read more

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Could elective repair of coarctation of the aorta be done in infancy?

Could elective repair of coarctation of the aorta be done in infancy?

Yes: Well, most often the surgery does not have to be done that early. However, it can be done especially if the infant is not doing well. Way back in 1952, kirkland reported a successful operation in a 10 week old infant with coarctation and heart failure. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/6/3/411.full.pdf. ...Read more

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