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Please tell me what does "enlarged aortic root with prominent sinus of valsalva" mean?

Please tell me what does "enlarged aortic root with prominent sinus of valsalva" mean?

Dilated aortic root: It means the part of the aorta coming out of the left ventricle is dilated and the sinuses of valsalva which make op the area including the valve are enlarged also. ...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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Is smoking marijuana bad for one with an enlarged aortic root, about 4.5cm?

Is smoking marijuana bad for one with an enlarged aortic root, about 4.5cm?

Probably: Smoking is bad not only for aneurysm formation, but propagation and overall health. It is hard to say how much better (or worse) marijuana is than traditional cigarettes, but the safe answer is to avoid smoking altogether. ...Read more

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Last year my Aortic root diameter was 2.6 CM this year it is 3.1 cm's. Is this normal?

Last year my Aortic root diameter was 2.6 CM this year it is 3.1 cm's.  Is this normal?

Aortic root: Aortic root diameters are both normal and likely changed only because of different beam angle. If you have a reason why the root might enlarge this change might need more attention. ...Read more

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How much variation is there in aortic root diameters over time? Do they ever reduce in size with healthier living? Or do they only grow with time?

Varies: Rate of expansion varies from person-to-person. The process is usually not reversible, however healthy lifestyle and management of blood pressure could slow down the rate significantly. Depending on the cause of the dilatation, the process may be progressive. ...Read more

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How do they fix a dilating aortic root safely?

How do they fix a dilating aortic root safely?

Surgery: Open heart surgery is the preferred method. There are criteria for when ascending aorta aneurysms should be operated on that can vary depending upon other factors (e.g. Bicuspid aortic valve, etc.). Talk to a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Is an aortic root diameter of 3.9cm considered unusual or abnormal for a 6'3", 220lb, 42 year old male?

Is an aortic root diameter of 3.9cm considered unusual or abnormal for a 6'3", 220lb, 42 year old male?

Borderline: The size of your aortic root is related to your body size. According to my nomogram, the "z score" of your aortic root, if measured at the sinuses of valsalva, is 2.0. That means the diameter is 2 standard deviations above the mean for your body size. In other words, right at the edge of normal. See a cardiologist who is an expert in aortic disease and have him/her examine you. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances of an aortic root to dilate quickly?

Aortic root: A normally composed aortic root is not usually going to dilate quickly in response to normal blood pressure or slightly high pressure. Abnormalities in the structure of the aorta can predispose to dilation in some people. ...Read more

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During an ECHO, where anatomically, is the aortic root dimension typically calculated?

During an ECHO, where anatomically, is the aortic root dimension typically calculated?

3 places: Aortic ring, sinus of Valsalva, and sinotubular junction. All 3 have different averages, and normals are different for age and size of patient. ...Read more