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Is a 3.8 CM ectasia of the descending aorta anything to be concerned about for a 50 year old male?

Is a 3.8 CM ectasia of the descending aorta anything to be concerned about for a 50 year old male?

No: Depending on your body surface area, it may even be normal for your size. If there is any family hx of aneurysms or if you smoke (or used to smoke), you should have the study repeated in a year to confirm stability. ...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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Is a 3.8 CM descending aorta an ectasia or an aneurysm and what is the difference? can anything be done to decrease it or keep it from increasing ?

Is a 3.8 CM descending aorta an ectasia or an aneurysm and what is the difference? can anything be done to decrease it or keep it from increasing ?

Aneurysm: The difference between an aneurysm and a ectasia is one of degree. An ectasia is a mild enlargement of the aorta that is less then 1.5 times bigger than normal. Bigger than that is called an aneurysm. The normal size is 2cm so >3.0= aneurysm. More then 5.5 is considered large. The most important factor is very good BP control. Dr will be following this with ultrasounds every 6-12 mo. Good healh ...Read more

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I have really bad anxiety. I have malignant htn and ascending aortic ectasia 3.8. I am under extreme stress. Is chest pain and shortness of breath a s?

I have really bad anxiety. I have malignant htn and ascending aortic ectasia 3.8. I am under extreme stress. Is chest pain and shortness of breath a s?

Chest pain ;: Shortness of breath can occur wanxiety/ stress. However, it is important that your physician ensure that these symptoms are not realted to your medical problems. For stress: cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga or qi gong. ...Read more

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I have abdominal aorta atherosclerosis. Ectasia of infra renal abdm aorta=2.1 cm.What to do? My dr. Says watch

I have abdominal aorta atherosclerosis. Ectasia of infra renal abdm aorta=2.1 cm.What to do? My dr. Says watch

He is right: Not much to do except quit smoking and repeat imaging. Be sure to go to same place for repeat test so that a change can be accurately measured. ...Read more

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Follow up ? Re diagnosis of mild ectasia (3.8x3.7 cm) on ascending aorta via cardiac ct: have had chest x-rays in past years (2010) with only normal results. Is this something an X-ray could miss?

Follow up ? Re diagnosis of mild ectasia (3.8x3.7 cm) on ascending aorta  via cardiac ct:  have had chest x-rays in past years (2010)  with only normal results.  Is this something an X-ray could miss?

Yes: The degree of ascending aortic enlargement is small and would no be expected to be picked up on a regular chest x-ray. A ct scan or MRI would be needed to reliably image a mild aortic enlargement of the size you mention. Follow up would be with repeat ct scan in 6 months and then yearly after that if no dramatic enlargement was seen in first 6 months. You should be on a beta blocker (medication). ...Read more

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Foci of aneurysmatic dilation of the dital descending aorta?

Foci of aneurysmatic dilation of the dital descending aorta?

What size?: Typically they do nothing other than control blood pressure---and cholesterol risks----if you smoke--stop it is a definate risk for you aneursym They consider operating on anerursyms that are >5cm in size or any that are actively dissecting ...Read more

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I have blood pressure increase and aorta dilation, what to do?

I have blood pressure increase and aorta dilation, what to do?

Dilated aorta: Consult your physician regarding this problem. When the aorta is dilated we usually try to keep the blood pressure(pulse pressure)down to decrease wall stress. You should discuss your condition with your Dr. ...Read more