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Dilated Ascending Aorta Symptoms
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.
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.
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.
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?
Echo: A 2mm echo measurement difference is not really significant, it may not have changed at all.
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?
Are body weight exercises (eg. Pull-ups, pull Ups) ok to do with a mildly dialated ascending aorta measuring 4.3 cm?
May be --: You need to be cleared by a cardiovascular specialist if you want to do any weight exercise -- including the 'body weight'
No symptoms. Healthy. Heart disease in family. Had CT heart scan to calc my calcium score of 83. Thoracic aorta ascending aorta was 3.8 cm, atherosclerosis. What does that mean? Age 50, 162lbs, BP 130/80, male, 6-1 height. No meds. Aspirin daily
Coronary calcium: Normal coronary arteries do not contain calcium. Therefore your mild to moderate score could indicate coronary artery blockage of uncertain degree. In view of your family history, I recommend that you undergo a maximal treadmill stress test (echo or nuclear)for further screening for significant coronary artery blockage and consideration for intensive statin therapy and Cardiology consultation.See 1 more doctor answer
Could be.: The average AAOD (asc aorta diameter) by CT scan is about 3 +/- 0.4 cm (i.e., there is variation among people due to genetic factors, body size, & undefined parameters). So 95% of humans have aortic root diameters between 2.6 cm & 3.4 cm. You're certainly in that range. Unless you have symptoms, I would not worry about these detailed results. TTYD who ordered test. Or use HealthTap Prime.
Covered Stent: The latest treatment modality for an ascending aortic aneurysm would be an endograft (covered stent). One of the challenges is maintaining flow to the great vessels of the aortic arch. Branched and fenestrated endografts are currently being developed and tested to accommodate the aortic arch and the ascending thoracic aorta.See 1 more doctor answer
Stent grafts: Special stent graft techniques are being researched to allow for preservation of the aortic arch branches and avoid a more invasive chest incision. Treatment of ascending aorta aneurysms involving the coronary arteries still will require bypass surgery, although may be combined with stent graft techniques.
Concerned? No.: No, but observant, yes! Likelihood of rupture is very small, growing to worrisome levels once expands to 5.5 cm
By echocardiogram?: The 'normal range' of aortic root diameters varies based on (1) the modality used (most commonly used is ultrasound / echocardiogram) and (2) your height. The usual upper estimate is 2.1 cm/m of height. For someone who is 73 in tall (such as yourself), that translates to an upper limit of 3.8 cm, which is exactly what is measured in your case. Anything above that could be considered dilation. TTYD
Aortic root 3.5cm, ascending aorta 3 cm, LVOT diameter 19.cm. 86 year old man (not overweight) are these good numbers?
Likely yes: The aortic root and ascending aorta are within normal limits. I presume the LVOT diameter is actually meant to be 1.9cm, and if so, is also appropriate.See 1 more doctor answer
Not Temporary: Chagas disease is a tropical parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. It can cause aortic dilation aka aneurysm. Once dilation happens it is not temporary. Close monitoring needed.
Defect: Ulcer of aorta with bleeding into wall creating wall-intramural hematoma-bruise. May heal or go on to leakage and reaction with fluid in chest. Local aortic tear-dissection can do a similar scene!
female 58 yrs Small aneurism in ascending aorta and arch; also PFO; high LDL & chol- can't take statins. Willl diet & exercise be enough?
Depends on LDL level: AHA/ACC guidelines =treat based on an assessment of lifetime risk of developing heart disease. Typically, before statins are started, a sincere attempt at lifestyle changes, including avoiding saturated fats& exercising (atleast walking even 10, 000 steps/day) ought to be undertaken. Recheck fasting lipids 6 months later. No egg yolks, no shellfish; eat salmon, almond/walnut (Incr. HDL)
What does this mean: ascending aorta at the level of the pulmonary artery bifurcation measures 2.5 x 2.3cm ap and transverse? Is this too big?
Not too big.: When is the ascending aorta too big? Depends on the aortic valve, how fast it is growing, underlying connective tissue disorder, symptoms, size of the patient, and, of corse, size of the aorta. Two and a half centimeters is not too big though.
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