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Normal Aorta Diameter
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
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
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
Aorta: 2.5 to 3.5cm range.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
The ascending thoracic aorta is mildly ectatic 3.7cm in diameter. The remaining visualized thoracic aorta is within normal limits. Is there any problem?
Not much reason: For concern on the data provided.Get a more detailed answer ›
Normal measurements: All measurements are well within normal range. ...Read more
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
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
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
Possible but still: Requires close serial evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
Normal: 14 mm is normal. Size usually does not alter wall thickness. ...Read more
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
Had an X-ray a while ago and everything is normal. Heart is not enlarge but aorta is tortous. What does it mean?
You're not a kid: It means you're getting older. Tortuosity of the aortic is harmless but is a sign of aging ...Read more
Is it normal to feel the length and outline of your aorta? Its always a strong pulse. I have POTS. I'm 98pounds in weight.
Completely normal in someone your size/weight!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Just need to understand one last thing then ill be gone: my unusually small abdominal aorta 14mm)must stretch more than a normal and it cant be good?
Small aorta: How do you know your aorta is that diameter? Are you sure it isn't an error ...Read more
Is it normal to see your aorta pumping near your lower stomac area if you are really skinny I recently lost a 100 pounds also and dident notice before?
Yes: You can see the pulsations of the aorta in really skinny people. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I had a echo and it was normal. My calcium screening showed that I have a mildly enlarged aorta. Two years ago it was normal. Should I be concerned?
Location, and size are important.
Regular followup is appropriate.
Usually six months with ct. ...Read more