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Doctor insights on: Dilation Of Ascending Aorta

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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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Can a dilation of the ascending aorta be temporary and caused by infection?

Can a dilation of the ascending aorta be temporary and caused by infection?

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. ...Read more

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Can I safely participate in martial arts with a dilated ascending aorta of 4.2 cm?

Can I safely participate in martial arts with a dilated ascending aorta of 4.2 cm?

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

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Loeys Dietz child and my ascending aorta is dilated. Any knowledgable drs. In Atlanta?

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

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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?

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

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Recently diagnosed w/ bicuspid aortic valve w/ mild regurgitation. but also ascending aorta "mildly dilated at 3.8cm".What is this? Surgery soon?

Bicuspid aortic valve: Your structural abnormality may well lead to a need for intervention sometime in the coming decades. Ask for guidance regarding hygienic measures you could take now to avoid illness. Remember you have had this for 30 years. ...Read more