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For a male age 50, 6-1, 162 pounds, is an ascending aorta diameter of 3.8 in the normal range?

For a male age 50, 6-1, 162 pounds, is an ascending aorta diameter of 3.8 in the normal range?

By echocardiogram?: The 'normal range' of aortic root diameters varies based on (1) the modality used (most commonly used is ultrasound / echocardiogram) and (2) your height. The usual upper estimate is 2.1 cm/m of height. For someone who is 73 in tall (such as yourself), that translates to an upper limit of 3.8 cm, which is exactly what is measured in your case. Anything above that could be considered dilation. TTYD ...Read more

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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Ascending aorta diameter 2.8cm? Is that normal for 18 year old? Female

Ascending aorta diameter 2.8cm? Is that normal for 18 year old? Female

Could be.: The average AAOD (asc aorta diameter) by CT scan is about 3 +/- 0.4 cm (i.e., there is variation among people due to genetic factors, body size, & undefined parameters). So 95% of humans have aortic root diameters between 2.6 cm & 3.4 cm. You're certainly in that range. Unless you have symptoms, I would not worry about these detailed results. TTYD who ordered test. Or use HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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Does an echocardiogram show aortic size?

Does an echocardiogram show aortic size?

Echo: Echocardiogram shows the aortic size in the planes imaged, it generally does a good job of it. ...Read more

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6'1, 160 LB male. Echo showed Aorta root diameter of 32 mm. Normal size? Exercise heavily and regularly, can that cause Aorta to enlarge?

6'1, 160 LB male. Echo showed Aorta root diameter of 32 mm. Normal size? Exercise heavily and regularly, can that cause Aorta to enlarge?

Aorta: In general normal aorta won't progressively dilate from exercise alone. That said some inherited problems with the aorta are relatively silent and go undetected in families. Discussion with your doctor who knows your history can give input more specific to you. ...Read more

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Is an abdominal aorta of 14 mm in diameter really small? I read that 2, 5 CM was normal?

Is an abdominal aorta of 14 mm in diameter really small? I read that 2, 5 CM was normal?

Not necessarily.: There is a significant difference is the average size of the female abdominal aorta versus the male aorta.
The average size of the female is about 1.8-2.5 cm,
and the average size of the male aorta is higher.
If the distal vessels, going to the legs are of normal
size and caliber, and the patient is female-there is no concern. If male, then a better look at the walls
of the aorta, is needed. ...Read more

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If a normal adult has a hole in their aorta, how do doctors fix it?

If a normal adult has a hole in their aorta, how do doctors fix it?

Aorta: If the aorta has a hole in it with blood loss into chest or abdomen, the patient will bleed to death rapidly. If the hole is a dissection into the wall of the aorta, either emergency surgery or sometimes emergency stenting of the aorta is the approach. Such a patient with a 'hole' in the aorta is not 'normal'. Abnormal aortic connections (fistulas) have similar options for treatment. ...Read more

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If I got an inflamed aorta would it be severe symptoms and if you are always stressed what's the chances it would happen, would it go back to normal?

Talk to your doc: It depends on what kind of inflammation since this is not a common condition. Whether it will recur or not depends on the cause and thus your doctor is in the best position to answer this question. As for whether it can be serious or not, it certainly can be. ...Read more

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What is the normal psi of your aorta?

What is the normal psi of your aorta?

2-3.5 PSI: Pressure in the aorta is measured in mm of mercury, or mmhg. To convert to psi, divide normal aortic pressure of 100-180 mmhg by 10 to get cmhg, then use any simple conversion chart or app. It works out to 1.9 to 3.5 psi. Curious as to why you would want to know this though? ...Read more

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If a normal adult has a hole in their aorta. How can this be fixed?

If a normal adult has a hole in their aorta. How can this be fixed?

Not normal: It is not normal to have a hole in the aorta. If a hole is present, it would lead to internal bleeding. Occasionally, abnormal connections between aorta and other structures or blood vessels could be seen which may be contained and/or tolerated. Further detail is needed to answer this question. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear your own aorta while I lay down or turn my head in a certain direction?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Is a rhythmical noise that has the same rate as the heart. This is easily checked by feeling the arm pulse at the same time as listening to the tinnitus. Pulsatile tinnitus is due to a change in blood flow in the vessels near the ear, like the aorta in your case.
Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation and treatment the cause.
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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How unusual is it to have a 1, 4 cm aorta as a man? Is high BP worse for me than for normal size?

Aorta: A diameter of 1.4 cm is very small for an adult. The measurement should br rechecked before believed ...Read more

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I just felt and saw a spasm right in the center of my body like in between my ribs maybe like where the aorta is this normal or bad?

I just felt and saw a spasm right in the center of my body like in between my ribs maybe like where the aorta is this normal or bad?

How: I can understand feeling a spasm but how can you see it if it is between your ribs by mirror? Anyway your aorta in the chest it is in the middle leaning toward the left and it does not caused spasm if you are super concern see a doctor ...Read more

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In my head the logic would say that a 14mm aorta has extremely thin walls and should not be able to withstand as much pressure as a normal size?

Not logical: The internal dimension (lumen) of your aorta tells you absolutely nothing about the thickness of the walls. Are the tires on a baby carriage (tiny) more likely to burst than the tires on a 747? I'm not sure what has caused you to become so obsessed with your 14 mm aorta? Do you have a family hx of sudden aortic rupture? What has happened to make you so upset about this? ...Read more

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Are the walls of a 14mm abdominal aorta much thinner than a normal aorta?

Are the walls of a 14mm abdominal aorta much thinner than a normal aorta?

Normal: 14 mm is normal. Size usually does not alter wall thickness. ...Read more

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What could cause atrophy of pancreas and arthersclerotic aorta. Cholesteral normal.?

What could cause atrophy of pancreas and arthersclerotic aorta. Cholesteral normal.?

2 causes: Atrophy of the pancreas is usually caused by autoimmune destruction which may inherited or, if acquired, by repeated injury either from alcohol or recurrent pancreatitis from gall stones. Atherosclerosis is a disease of aging but diabetes (which results from an atrophied pancreas) is a major risk factor as is smoking and high blood pressure. It also can be inherited. ...Read more

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31+0.16 x age= upper normal limits for ascending thoracic aorta in mm. Is above (study) formula accurate for men who are between 60 and 65 years of age?

31+0.16 x age= upper normal limits for ascending thoracic aorta in mm. Is above (study) formula accurate for men who are between 60 and 65 years of age?

Dilated aorta: The formula predicts an ascending aorta size of ~41mm for someone 60-65, which is above the upper limit of "normal", 22-36mm. The ascending aorta enlarges with age, especially if there is hypertension, so 41mm is dilated. Anything above 45 mm is considered an aneurysm. The risk of rupture increases rapidly with size; aneurysms >60 mm have a 5-yr rupture risk of 31% (vs 16% if less than 60mm) ...Read more

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X-ray results were "Everything is normal. Heart is not enlarged but aorta is tortous." What does this mean?

Tortuous aorta: It means the aorta takes a somewhat twisting course in the thorax and/or abdomen. It is not necessarily pathologic although it isn't strictly normal. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your doctor to feel your aorta easily while touching the abdomen really well? Kinda scared pls help.

Is it normal for your doctor to feel your aorta easily while touching the abdomen really well? Kinda scared pls help.

Exam of the aorta: Yes, if you are normal weight or thin, it should be easy for your doctor to feel the aorta in your abdomen. It is much harder in overweight/obese patients. You may even be able to feel it yourself while you are lying on your back. We check it to make sure it is the right size, not enlarged. An enlarged aorta would be mentioned on an abdominal CT or MRI report. ...Read more

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After a calcium screening I found out the proximal aorta is mildly enlarged. The dr. Said a repeat in 3 years. Is this normal?

After a calcium screening I found out the proximal aorta is mildly enlarged. The dr. Said a repeat in 3 years. Is this normal?

May be normal: Calcium screening should only be done to evaluate someone at some risk for hear disease for whom other tests are not appropriate. Otherwise such screenings can find variations of normal. If something is found however, a follow up study is usually done in 6-12 months, and not 3 years. ...Read more

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How do I know if my 14mm abdominal aorta is under more pressure than a normal size? I have a hard time understanding how smaller aorta has the same bp

How do I know if my 14mm abdominal aorta is under more pressure than a normal size? I have a hard time understanding how smaller aorta has the same bp

Stretchy: Your aorta is stretchy or pliable and is able to expand and contract. This helps to regulate the pressure in the aorta. It is not a solid structure like a pipe and therefore just because it's narrower does not mean it will have increased pressure. Hope this was helpful. Dr. R ...Read more