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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Male 33 echo bordeline lvh increased since las echo mild dilated aorta same as las echo never had high bp should i be worried??
There are a number: of concerns for a young individual without documented HTN having these echo findings. Although not worrisome at this time or the near future, they should be addressed to avoid long term adverse events. Any family history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? Probably best if you follow up with a cardiologist this year. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a dilated ascending aorta at 41mm. Last echo showed at 39 mm. Getting better on its own? Could infection have caused original dilation?
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.?
My brother in prison has ascending aorta dilated to 4.7cm ,dilation of the posterior aortic arch to 5.15 cm. artifical aortic valve replacement in 2004, from endocartitus from dental cleaning. now what i wanna know should he be having surgrey ?
Are body weight exercises (eg. Pull-ups, pull Ups) ok to do with a mildly dialated ascending aorta measuring 4.3 cm?
Cause?: With echocardiography, this is an increasingly common incidental finding. The issue is alway the cause. It may be benign, but hypertensive disease, heritable or acquired vascular disorders, aortic valvular disease. Serial studies are very important to track stability. Progressive enlargement would be an ominous development requiring consultation. ...Read more
May not be connected: Dilated aortic root issues are frequently genetically driven and not acquired, one important exception being uncontrolled hypertension. In any event, some literature suggests if your root is dilated then isometric exercise may be deleterious; in which case, emphasis should be upon aerobic conditioning. Please make sure your BP is under good control, and have your aortic root reassessed frequently ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If it were, all professional athletes would be at risk and they're not! ...Read more
Yes: Yes, exercise can, depending on how dilated the root is. Exercise increased blood flow through the heart which in turn does to the aortic root. It also increases blood pressure. The combination can affect the dilation of the aortic root. Recommend you see your cardiologist for exercise recommendations and limitations. ...Read more
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