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How typical is a dilated aortic root?

How typical is a dilated aortic root?

Dilated aortic root: It is not rare and we see it in various situations. When it is present we follow it with echocardiography usually. See this: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/15502499. ...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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How harmful is a dilated aortic root?

How harmful is a dilated aortic root?

Risk factor: It's the main risk factor for aortic dissection (tearing of the lining of the aorta) but the devil's in the details. How dilated is it? ...Read more

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How common is having a dilated aortic root?

How common is having a dilated aortic root?

Cause?: With echocardiography, this is an increasingly common incidental finding. The issue is alway the cause. It may be benign, but hypertensive disease, heritable or acquired vascular disorders, aortic valvular disease. Serial studies are very important to track stability. Progressive enlargement would be an ominous development requiring consultation. ...Read more

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Dilated aortic root and exercising, what's wrong?

May not be connected: Dilated aortic root issues are frequently genetically driven and not acquired, one important exception being uncontrolled hypertension. In any event, some literature suggests if your root is dilated then isometric exercise may be deleterious; in which case, emphasis should be upon aerobic conditioning. Please make sure your BP is under good control, and have your aortic root reassessed frequently ...Read more

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Dilated aortic root and exercising, are these related?

Dilated aortic root and exercising, are these related?

No: If it were, all professional athletes would be at risk and they're not! ...Read more

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If you have dilated aortic root, could exercising have an effect on it?

If you have dilated aortic root, could exercising have an effect on it?

Yes: Yes, exercise can, depending on how dilated the root is. Exercise increased blood flow through the heart which in turn does to the aortic root. It also increases blood pressure. The combination can affect the dilation of the aortic root. Recommend you see your cardiologist for exercise recommendations and limitations. ...Read more

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Bicuspid aortic valve, dilated aortic root, what to do?

Be established: Become established with a cardiologist - i follow many people with your condition. When the time is right - usually at an older age, the valve can be replaced with or without the aortic root, depending on their condition at the time. ...Read more

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I am terrified that my heart will stop or my aorta will burst, can't stop this fear, I got bav and 45mm dilated aortic root. Please reassure me.?

I am terrified that my heart will stop or my aorta will burst, can't stop this fear, I got bav and 45mm dilated aortic root. Please reassure me.?

Bicuspid AV: Don't be terrified! but do follow-up with a cardiologist on a regular basis. This will require definitive surgical treatment at some point. ...Read more

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Bicuspid aortic valve , aortic root dilated at 4.6cm, no stenosis, trivial regurg, cardiologist not worried at all, i'm really anxious, should I be?

Bicuspid aortic valve , aortic root dilated at 4.6cm, no stenosis, trivial regurg, cardiologist not worried at all, i'm really anxious, should I be?

No you shouldn't.: Dear themalteser, bicuspid aortic valve is very common, affecting 1 to 2% of the general population. In fact, it is the most common congenital heart defect. Most people who have a bucspid aortic valve have a well functioning valve - like you do. The only recommendation is to continue to have follow up visits with your cardiologist and maintain a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances of an aortic root to dilate quickly?

I was wondering what are the chances of an aortic root to dilate quickly?

Aortic root: A normally composed aortic root is not usually going to dilate quickly in response to normal blood pressure or slightly high pressure. Abnormalities in the structure of the aorta can predispose to dilation in some people. ...Read more