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Doctor insights on: Is There A Difference Between A Thoracic Aneurysm And A Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

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Is there a difference between a thoracic aneurysm and a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is there a difference between a thoracic aneurysm and a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Probably not: Technically, "thoracic aneurysm" could refer to any of the arteries in the chest. The thoracic aorta is the most likely to have an aneurysm. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive ...Read more


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What are the differences of getting CT angiography vs. Mra for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

What are the differences of getting CT angiography vs. Mra for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Radiation: Cta uses radiation, while mra uses magnetic fields. Both will give good images of vascular anatomy. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

Rare but rising: For men it is 16.3 per 100, 000 per year and for women it is 9.1 per 100, 000 per year. Numbers are small so you could say that an average male has a less than one hundredth of a percent chance per year of developing one. (data from journal circulation, 2006). ...Read more

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How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Depends: If you have a family history theres a 10% relation. Their wise hypertension and smoking are the most common contributing factors. As a rule a 37 year old should not be concerned. ...Read more

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How infrequent is a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

Rare: Most aneurysms occur in people aged 55 years or older. Aneurysms are four times more common in men than in women. Other than aging with and high blood pressure. in younger patients, trauma to chest, infection , and connective tissue disorders such as Marfan's syndrome are causes. ...Read more

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What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Thoracic aortic aneu: read this: http://www.vascularweb.org/vascularhealth/pages/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm.aspx

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Hello my hubby who is in prison has a Thoracic aortic aneurysm 4.7 what should be his course of action going forward?

Hello my hubby who is in prison has a Thoracic aortic aneurysm 4.7 what should be his course of action going forward?

Testing, monitoring: He should have a cardiac Echo to determine if ha has a bicuspid aortic valve and get yearly chest CT scans to monitor size. If he has bicuspid valve or if it enlarges to > 5 cm, he should see a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Not on its own: Aneurysms tend to grow slowly over time: for abdominal aortic aneurysms, about 10% of their diameter per year, for thoracic aneurysms, maybe slightly less. Risk factors for growth include uncontrolled hypertension and smoking. ...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


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more