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Doctor insights on: Mild Aortic Root Dilation

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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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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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Does aortic root dilation associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome usually develop in childhood? Or can it first show up in adulthood?

Does aortic root dilation associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome usually develop in childhood? Or can it first show up in adulthood?

Unlikely: Although there are many different subtypes of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, the overall incidence of aortic rd is less common than in Marfan's where it is thought to be about 80%. The attached paper looked at the hypermotile subtype of EDS and found onset usually before age 14 and this seemed to stabilize in adulthood. ...Read more

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Can you see dilation in aortic root appears in the ultrasound imaging or must you do ct?

Can you see dilation in aortic root appears in the ultrasound imaging or must you do ct?

Either: You can image the aorta well with ultrasound. It's the first line test for abdominal aortic aneurysms. The root is seen with echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart). CT may be needed for more detail, for portions that are obscured by lung or bowel gas, or for information about surrounding structures. ...Read more

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Aortic root dilatation: what size bifore operation?

Aortic root dilatation: what size bifore operation?

5.5 cm: Start thinking about it at 5.5 cm. If you have marfan's syndrome, 5 cm. ...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?

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?

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

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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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I have a 4.0cm dialation of the aortic root. I'm told not a anyerism yet do to small size. Will high heart rate from exercise make it grow or high bp?

I have a 4.0cm dialation of the aortic root. I'm told not a anyerism yet do to small size. Will high heart rate from exercise make it grow or high bp?

Aortic dilation: You have listed studies which would possibly inform an answer. Best to discuss with the doc with the most information regarding your status. ...Read more

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Bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root dilated at 4.6cm, no stenosis, trivial regurg, cardiologist not worried at all, I'm really anxious, should I be?

Bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root dilated at 4.6cm, no stenosis, trivial regurg, cardiologist not worried at all, I'm really anxious, should I be?

No you shouldn't.: Dear themalteser,
bicuspid aortic valve is very common, affecting 1 to 2% of the general population. In fact, it is the most common congenital heart defect. Most people who have a bucspid aortic valve have a well functioning valve - like you do. The only recommendation is to continue to have follow up visits with your cardiologist and maintain a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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Is safe to have sex if you have an aortic root an?

Aortic root: You cut off an- I assume you mean aneurysm. It really depends on how big it is. If it is large then rises in BP due to strenuous exercise can worsen the aneurysm. ...Read more

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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

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Aortic root 3.5cm, ascending aorta 3 cm, LVOT diameter 19.cm. 86 year old man (not overweight) are these good numbers?

Aortic root 3.5cm, ascending aorta 3 cm, LVOT diameter 19.cm. 86 year old man (not overweight) are these good numbers?

Likely yes: The aortic root and ascending aorta are within normal limits. I presume the LVOT diameter is actually meant to be 1.9cm, and if so, is also appropriate. ...Read more

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BAV triv regurg with 45-47mm aortic root known for 4 yrs, 32 yo When is it likely I need surgery and what is prognosis & life quality after root surge

BAV triv regurg with 45-47mm aortic root known for 4 yrs, 32 yo When is it likely I need surgery and what is prognosis & life quality after root surge

Research now: Had genetic testing? Some genetic profiles might dictate repair now. You are getting close to root size 5cm where repair recommended. Now is the time to research surgical options and centers and decide what is best for you. It is much safer and more successful to do this electively than wait for emergency situation to occur ...Read more

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How can they fix a dilating aortic root?

Watch it: Keep an eye on it. If it gets too big, it can be surgically repaired. ...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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Aortic root measures 42.2x38.9mm and. The ascending aorta measures 38.9x40.1 mm. Should I be concerned?

Those measurements: Are enlarged and concerning however without knowing your full health history that is as far as we can go with advice. You should discuss your concerns with your health care provider who has your full information. ...Read more

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How serious is an ascending aortic root aneurysms?

Fairly serious: They can lead to other complications. Consult a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Does your aorta start in the middle of the chest or a little to the right or left? Dissection of aortic root the pain would be in the middle?

Does your aorta start in the middle of the chest or a little to the right or left? Dissection of aortic root the pain would be in the middle?

Yes: The aortic root in general arise from the the upper part of the heart and goes up and turns toward the back of the chest and goes down the back of the heart and when you have a dissection you will feel pain between the shoulder blade. Depending on where the dissection is determine how high or low the pain is in the upper back. The pain can be quite intense. This is a medical emergency. ...Read more

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In an MRI of liver can they see the aortic root?

In an MRI of liver can they see the aortic root?

Do the right test: Yes, the aortic root can be seen in a few slices of a liver MRI, BUT liver MR should not be considered to be diagnostic for an aortic root problem. The aortic root is usually most easily and cheaply evaluated with echocardiography which is an ultrasound study.
You might get a kick out of the YouTube about how to do your own Liver MR: https://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=pi2AMtRrt1I ...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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I had a ECG and was reading the results. It said Mildly ecatatic aortic root. On my follow visit the dr did not mention it but is this serious?

I had a ECG and was reading the results. It said Mildly ecatatic aortic root. On my follow visit the dr did not mention it but is this serious?

Unfortunately your: Question does not make any sense. An EKG will not be able to determine anything about the aortic root. If you meant an ECHO then it is possible there would be a comment about the aortic root. In that case it means that it is dilated. If your doctor did not mention it then he/she thinks it is not relevant to your health at this time. It should be reassessed periodically. ...Read more

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What is the risk of me dissecting at a 46mm aortic root and bav? Ascending is at 3.7. My cardiologist and 2 others say its very, very low, negligible!

What is the risk of me dissecting at a 46mm aortic root and bav? Ascending is at 3.7. My cardiologist and 2 others say its very, very low, negligible!

Stay calm: Malteser, you really need to try to move on. You already know that your risk is very low. Let's put things in perspective: your risk of dying is likely much higher driving to work each day. Your risk of dying in a terrorist attack is very low: do you worry about it each day? How about nuclear war? We all live with risk every day. We make our lives miserable focusing on risks - smell the roses! ...Read more

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Is the chamber size of the left ventricle supposed to be bigger or smaller that the aortic root diameter? I am just trying to make sense of my echo results.

Talk with your doc: There are many things that influence the size and contraction of the left ventricle and size of the aortic root. You will need to discuss your echo with a qualified physician to get the best answers. It is not really something you can do yourself ...Read more