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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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Male 33 echo bordeline lvh increased since las echo mild dilated aorta same as las echo never had high bp should i be worried??

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

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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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Are body weight exercises (eg. Pull-ups, pull Ups) ok to do with a mildly dialated ascending aorta measuring 4.3 cm?

Are body weight exercises (eg. Pull-ups, pull Ups) ok to do with a mildly dialated ascending aorta measuring 4.3 cm?

May be --: you need to be cleared by a cardiovascular specialist if you want to do any weight exercise -- including the 'body weight' ...Read more

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

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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How typical is a dilated aortic root?

Dilated aortic root: It is not rare and we see it in various situations. When it is present we follow it with echocardiography usually. See this: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/15502499. ...Read more

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How harmful is a dilated aortic root?

Risk factor: It's the main risk factor for aortic dissection (tearing of the lining of the aorta) but the devil's in the details. How dilated is it? ...Read more

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How common is having a dilated aortic root?

How common is having a dilated aortic root?

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

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Dilated aortic root and exercising, what's wrong?

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 more

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Dilated aortic root and exercising, are these related?

Dilated aortic root and exercising, are these related?

No: If it were, all professional athletes would be at risk and they're not! ...Read more

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If you have dilated aortic root, could exercising have an effect on it?

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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Bicuspid aortic valve, dilated aortic root, what to do?

Be established: Become established with a cardiologist - i follow many people with your condition. When the time is right - usually at an older age, the valve can be replaced with or without the aortic root, depending on their condition at the time. ...Read more