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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
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
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
I'm just wondering, if you had a bypass on your aorta, is that considered coronary artery disease?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My fathers medical diagnostic report. Evidence of multiple bulky (3-4cms) hypo-echoic lymphnodes along para aortic/aorto carval regions. What 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
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
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