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What is atheroselerotic disease of aorta?

What is atheroselerotic disease of aorta?

Cholesterol plaques: Atherosclerosis literally means "hardening of the arteries" which is caused by plaques or buildup of cholesterol along with immune cells and scar tissue inside the walls of blood vessels. This can occur in any blood vessel in the body, including the aorta, which is the large artery that delivers blood out to the body from the heart. ...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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If you have heart disease with aorta valve replacement and have moobs should I take flax hull lignan ?

If you have heart disease with aorta valve replacement and have moobs should I take flax hull lignan ?

Heart Disease & Diet: 81 year old gentleman with aortic valve replacement, hypertension &osteoporosis. Follow a heart healthy low salt and low fat diet/ American Heart Association guidelines. Flax hulls are rich in antioxidants but have not been proven to have efficacy in any disease state. More importantly, focus on eating healthy vegetables, lean meats and dairy. Flax hulls ok. Good luck. http://tinyurl.com/gwdnq7o ...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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How far is this atheromatous aorta from heart disease?

How far is this atheromatous aorta from heart disease?

By: Heart disease is implied a heart whose perfusion have been compromised by poor blood flow.( of course valvular issues, amyloid or viruses could sicken a heart). Atheroma is a growth of inflammatory cells around cholesterol deposits, so they usually may occur at the same time. ...Read more

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I have mild calcific thoracic aorta, is there something to do with heart disease. ?

I have mild calcific thoracic aorta, is there something to do with heart disease. ?

Yes: Most people are speaking about atherosclerosis, when talking about heart disease. Calcification in the thoracic aorta is not necessarily atherosclerosis; however, atherosclerosis is often found upon further investigation. Other risk factors that should be addressed include smoking cessation and blood pressure control. Your primary physician can manage these and discuss further testing. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had a bypass on your aorta, is that considered coronary artery disease?

I'm just wondering, if you had a bypass on your aorta, is that considered coronary artery disease?

No: Coronaries are the arteries directly to the heart. Aorta goes from heart to the abdomen and divides into iliacs which go toward the legs. Some coronary grafts start on ascending aorta with veins to distal coronaries. ...Read more

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46 years old with bifurcation aorta iliac artery atherosclerosis do I have to wait for a bypass or can a stent be placed severe heart disease in fam?

46 years old with bifurcation aorta iliac artery atherosclerosis  do I have to wait for a bypass or can a stent be placed  severe heart disease in fam?

Get angiogram: If you have aortoiliac iliac disease an angiogram will help define the anatomy.stent are very effective in this location and are really the first line treatment. At age 46 with family history , modification of diet and life style are very important. No smoking! Cardiac evaluation with stress test with be added to your work up almost certainly. ...Read more

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Is CT cardiac calcium scan accurate in diagnosing mild ectatic ascending aorta? Have fam. History of heart disease (father died at 46 with chf) and slight heart murmur. Should I have other tests done

Is CT cardiac calcium scan accurate in diagnosing mild ectatic ascending aorta? Have fam. History of heart disease (father died at 46 with chf) and slight heart murmur. Should I have other tests done

No: You need an aortic ultrasound to determine if it is too large. A calcium score of the abdominal aorta is useless. A vest x-ray with abdominal view can tell you if you have a mildly ecstatic aorta or not but that is not harmful. If your doc is concerned the best test would be a stress test of your heart. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged aorta considered to be a vessel or heart disorder?

Both: The aorta is the largest artery in the body and it is connected to the heart. Problems that affect the aorta also can cause problems for the heart, and sometimes vice versa. Disease of the aorta is a vessel disease that can lead to heart disease or be associated with heart disease. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged aorta considered to be a heart or vessel disorder?

Is an enlarged aorta considered to be a heart  or vessel disorder?

Vessel disorder: But it is frequently associated with heart disease and can sometimes cause heart problems due to increased workload and pressure on the heart. ...Read more

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What is aortic valve disease?

What is aortic valve disease?

Aortic Valve: The aortic valve functions as a valve -no surprise here-. So it can either leak or be restricted (stenotic). Both conditions, when severe, need to be corrected. This is usual done by replacing the defective valve with an artificial one. There are many conditions/diseases that can cause the valve to leak or be restricted. ...Read more

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How does a child develop aortic stenosis at such an early age, isn't this a disease for the elderly?

How does a child develop aortic stenosis at such an early age, isn't this a disease for the elderly?

Not Only Elderly: You are correct in that as is common in the elderly. But children are not little adults, and the process is different. In children with, the aortic valve itself usually did not develop normally. Or, they contracted a disease like rheumatic fever which affects heart valves (quite rare in the west). Please discuss your specific issues with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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My fathers medical diagnostic report. Evidence of multiple bulky (3-4cms) hypo-echoic lymphnodes along para aortic/aorto carval regions. What disease?

Possible lymphoma: Large, bulky lymph nodes in the abdomen are concerning for a malignancy in the abdominal cavity, such as lymphoma or a cancer of an abdominal organ. Infections can also cause lymph node enlargement so that should be investigated. ...Read more

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Can aortic valve disease be treated through a catheter?

Depends on pts age: For critical aortic stenosis in elderley pts and who are high risk for surgery to replace valve, there is a procedure called transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (tavr). ...Read more

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Is it posible have any other disease after aortic valve and aneurisma surgery?

Is it posible have any other disease after aortic valve and aneurisma surgery?

Heart disease: Aortic valve and aneurysm surgery deals with those problems only. Every other disease remains possible. ...Read more

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How dangerous is bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Bicuspid: Bicuspid aortic valve disease can go lifelong without causing a problem but in some people does progress to aortic stenosis, insufficiency or both. It does require follow up. ...Read more

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What is surgery like for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Valve Replacement: If you have a bicuspid aortic valve (normally there are 3 leaflets, but in this case 2 are fused together from birth) the valve often develops either leakiness/ regurgitation or stiffness / stenosis. The treatment is open heart surgery with valve replacement. This could be either a tissue valve or a mechanical valve. Check with your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

No surgery: Bicuspid aorta is not indication for surgery. However, with age, bicuspid aorta may progress to aortic stenosis (when valve opening is severely limited). Surgery for aortic stenosis is performed only when the aortic valve area is severely or critically reduced (and not before). Progression from bicuspid aorta to aortic stenosis may take years or decades (even sometimes never) to take place. ...Read more