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How dilated?: Depends on how dilated the aorta is. If you are talking about the infra-renal aorta, than anything above 5cm is worrisome in men and >4.5cm in women. If you are talking about the thoracic aorta than anything greater than 6cm is worrisome. What are we worried about? Rupture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need vascular eval: You need to follow-up with a vascular surgeon and have your BP followed as well as cholesterol , stop smoking if you do, etc. and generally get routine follow-up visits. Increased activity, like those in martial arts, may rise your BP, so it would be a question, that the Vascular Dr. who knows you best and treats you currently, would be able to tell you including exactly what activities 4U. ...Read more
Just followed up with cardiologist for dilated ascending aorta found at Mayo. They measured it wrong. Isn't Mayo supposed to be better than that?
No one's perfect: The Mayo clinic has an excellent reputation & would be considered relatively reliable. However, certain msmts can change over time. Also, there will always be some variability between msmts (with less variability by definition for more precise msmts). Looking from a different angle or with better echo windows may also affect the result. Lastly, no one is perfect, so anyone can make a mistake. ...Read more
Echo followed by MRI showed dilated asc. aorta. 6 month f/u hadno sig. change. Mri f/u 1 yr later had no dilation. How could it return to normal?
Technical: Measurement of the aorta by MRI is technical and can vary by few millimeters depending on the level of the cut and angulation in which it is measured . So if the measurement initially obtained is in the borderline limits of normal ,it may cross the border of being abnormal the next time and vice versa even if there has been no absolute change in the size of the aorta. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a dilated ascending aorta at 41mm. Last echo showed at 39 mm. Getting better on its own? Could infection have caused original dilation?
My brother in prison has ascending aorta dilated to 4.7cm ,dilation of the posterior aortic arch to 5.15 cm. artifical aortic valve replacement in 2004, from endocartitus from dental cleaning. now what i wanna know should he be having surgrey ?
Sibley Heart Center: Sibley Heart Center (with Emory University) has an excellent reputation. I'm not from the area and don't know if they have any special center for connective tissue disorders (like Loeys-Dietz, Marfan or Ehlers-Danlos), but that would be a good place to start. Medical treatment and follow-up may be sufficient if the dilatation is not severe. Good luck. ...Read more