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How bad is a dilated aorta?

How bad is a dilated aorta?

How dilated?: Depends on how dilated the aorta is. If you are talking about the infra-renal aorta, than anything above 5cm is worrisome in men and >4.5cm in women. If you are talking about the thoracic aorta than anything greater than 6cm is worrisome. What are we worried about? Rupture. ...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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Would a dilated aorta root show up on an X-ray?

Would a dilated aorta root show up on an X-ray?

May be seen : on chest X-ray. Needs further evaluation with CTA and/or Cardiac Echo. MRI/MRA sometimes performed. Image from aorta repair.com. ...Read more

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Loeys Dietz child and my ascending aorta is dilated. Any knowledgable drs. In Atlanta?

Loeys Dietz child and my ascending aorta is dilated. Any knowledgable drs. In Atlanta?

Sibley Heart Center: Sibley Heart Center (with Emory University) has an excellent reputation. I'm not from the area and don't know if they have any special center for connective tissue disorders (like Loeys-Dietz, Marfan or Ehlers-Danlos), but that would be a good place to start. Medical treatment and follow-up may be sufficient if the dilatation is not severe. Good luck. ...Read more

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Daughter says hurts after poops and has dilated aorta, is that a symptom?

Poops: There is no connection between a dilate aorta. I would look for other canuses like passing a hard stool if your child is constipated.Or does she have a rectal fissure? Have evaluated by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can I safely participate in martial arts with a dilated ascending aorta of 4.2 cm?

Can I safely participate in martial arts with a dilated ascending aorta of 4.2 cm?

Need vascular eval: You need to follow-up with a vascular surgeon and have your BP followed as well as cholesterol , stop smoking if you do, etc. and generally get routine follow-up visits. Increased activity, like those in martial arts, may rise your BP, so it would be a question, that the Vascular Dr. who knows you best and treats you currently, would be able to tell you including exactly what activities 4U. ...Read more

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Just followed up with cardiologist for dilated ascending aorta found at Mayo. They measured it wrong. Isn't Mayo supposed to be better than that?

Just followed up with cardiologist for dilated ascending aorta found at Mayo. They measured it wrong. Isn't Mayo supposed to be better than that?

No one's perfect: The Mayo clinic has an excellent reputation & would be considered relatively reliable. However, certain msmts can change over time. Also, there will always be some variability between msmts (with less variability by definition for more precise msmts). Looking from a different angle or with better echo windows may also affect the result. Lastly, no one is perfect, so anyone can make a mistake. ...Read more

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Echo followed by MRI showed dilated asc. aorta. 6 month f/u hadno sig. change. Mri f/u 1 yr later had no dilation. How could it return to normal?

Technical: Measurement of the aorta by MRI is technical and can vary by few millimeters depending on the level of the cut and angulation in which it is measured . So if the measurement initially obtained is in the borderline limits of normal ,it may cross the border of being abnormal the next time and vice versa even if there has been no absolute change in the size of the aorta. ...Read more

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I am terrified that my heart will stop or my aorta will burst, can't stop this fear, I got bav and 45mm dilated aortic root. Please reassure me.?

I am terrified that my heart will stop or my aorta will burst, can't stop this fear, I got bav and 45mm dilated aortic root. Please reassure me.?

Bicuspid AV: Don't be terrified! but do follow-up with a cardiologist on a regular basis. This will require definitive surgical treatment at some point. ...Read more

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