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Doctor insights on: Ectatic Abdominal Aorta

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What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

Bigger than normal: An ectatic abdominal aorta is one that is bigger than normal but not quite an aneurysm, which is defined as having a diameter that is 1.5X larger than that of a normal segment of aorta. A normal aorta for a man may be somewhere between 18-26 mm, though this is not hard and fast rule. There is general agreement that an aorta measuring 40 mm or greater would be considered an aneurysm, however. ...Read more

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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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If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they reach a certain size due to the risk of rupture. People with aortic anuerysms should follow up routinely with a vascular specialist for ongoing management of the condition (cardiologist or vascular surgeon). ...Read more

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In x-ray findings, the Dr. said that there were extensive artherosclerotic, changes in the visualized abdominal aorta. What does this mean?

In x-ray findings, the Dr. said that there were extensive artherosclerotic, changes in the visualized abdominal aorta. What does this mean?

Early warning: Atherosclerosis is the condition in which the linings of arteries accumulates a cholesterol rich deposit, narrowing the artery and occasionally beginning the process of breaking off material which can clog further arteries downstream. Because this is a generalized problem, arteries like those in your heart and brain can be too narrow to function well. This is a warning and changes must be made. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if you have a beating abdominal aorta?

Aorta: Blood flows through the aorta as it is pumped around the body by the heart. If you don't have 'beating' or blood flow in the aorta, you have serious trouble. If the aorta gets stretched out and enlarged, that is a problem called aneurysm. ...Read more

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Pulsation on the abdominal aorta means what?

Pulsation on the abdominal aorta means what?

depends: May be normal in a thinner or fit patient, or may indicate dilation of the aorta (aneurysm). An ultrasound will sort this out and is painless and easy. ...Read more

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