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58 yr old Methadone pt; enlarged aorta; self reports taking too many "Goody" powders. Could that cause this problem?
It could: these are basically the same as excedrin and contain aspirin, tylenol and caffeine. Too much Aspirin can cause severe stomach upset, heartburn and even bleeding in the stomach, and also potentially increases bleeding time if you have other injuries. Too much tylenol can severely damage the liver, and too much caffeine causes anxiety, insomnia and even heart arrhythmias.Take per package insert only ...Read more
Few things: High blood pressure, a congenital condition like Marfan syndrome, or structural heart disease like having a bicuspid valve or aortic regurgitation. It can be fatal if the aorta gets beyond a certain size. There is debate and each patient is different, but most surgeons would elect to replace an aorta that is bigger than about 50-52 mm in diamter. ...Read more
Enlarged aorta 4.1cm Dr said nothing to be concerned about. Should I continue to exercise? All the rest of the heart showed fine??
Needs to be followed: Hello guy named Jennifer. That aorta is potentially mildly dilated or at the upper limits of normal depending on your body size. They should be followed with serial echocardiograms or possibly a CT scan. If the aorta continues to dilate or if you have certain connective tissue disorders or a bicuspid valve then weightlifting or other activities where you have to strain may need to be limited. ...Read more
I had a echo and it was normal. My calcium screening showed that I have a mildly enlarged aorta. Two years ago it was normal. Should i be concerned?
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
Im 49 and just dx with an enlarged aorta < 3cm, if I read the test right. My mother died at 54 from Aortic Anusysm. Are these the same thing basically?
Aortic aneurysm : Widening or ballooning of the aorta may occur due to high BP, genetics, tobacco use, prior injury, etc. As the aortic diameter increases, the chance of the lining splitting increases, causing pain and possible rupture with death if not addressed quickly. Beta-blockers are added and size is checked by ultrasound or other imaging test. A stent or surgical repair is done when it exceeds 40 to 45 mm. ...Read more
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