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Symptoms Of Aortic Ectasia
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
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
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
I have abdominal aorta atherosclerosis. Ectasia of infra renal abdm aorta=2.1 cm. What to do? My dr. Says watch
I've been recently diagnosed with mild aortic ectasia and aortic insufficiency. Doc is putting me on an arb. Do I need to see aortic specialist?
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?
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
I had CT/Angio of neck they found minimal aortic arch calcification, mild ectasia of the proximal left vertebral artery over a focal segment.
Those findings: Are not significant, if that is the question. ...Read more
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
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
Echo followed by MRI showed dilated asc. Aorta. 6 month f/u hadno sig. Change. Mri f/u 1 yr later had no dilation. How could it return to normal?
Technical: Measurement of the aorta by MRI is technical and can vary by few millimeters depending on the level of the cut and angulation in which it is measured. So if the measurement initially obtained is in the borderline limits of normal, it may cross the border of being abnormal the next time and vice versa even if there has been no absolute change in the size of the aorta. ...Read more
I have "mild aortic dilation" of 26mm (ascending aorta) and 31mm (aortic root.) I am female 5'0" 130 lbs and have normal blood pressure. Concerning?
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
Mild aneurysmal dilation of the distal abdominal aorta, this showed up on an unrelated mri, how common is this? History of cad
On labetelol tambocor (flecainide) diathazide severe PVC hypertension recent angiogram show ascending thoracic aorta prominent with 3.7 CM dilation. Concerned?
Close observation: It sounds like you have a couple different issues that require regular observation. While your aortic root diameter does not suggest that surgery is needed at this time, your blood pressure needs strict control and regular imaging studies can detect enlargement. And if your pvcs are not well controlled on tambocor (flecainide) or if you have more than 10-15, 000 per day, catheter ablation can be a good option. ...Read more
My brother in prison has ascending aorta dilated to 4.7cm, dilation of the posterior aortic arch to 5.15 cm. Artifical aortic valve replacement in 2004, from endocartitus from dental cleaning. Now what I wanna know should he be having surgrey?
Severe, abrupt pain: Pain that is abrupt in onset and severe in intensity is the most common symptom with aortic dissection (roughly 90% of cases). Because of the size and location of the aorta, pain may be experienced as either chest pain, back pain, or abdominal pain. Additionally, pain that feels like ripping or tearing in any of these areas should raise a concern for aortic dissection. ...Read more
Several: The most common symptom is chest pain with effort or in more advanced cases where the stenosis has been severe for many years, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, light headedness and palpitations among others. Check with your doctor, the diagnosis is usually straight forward. ...Read more
Merits monitoring.: Monitoring of an aortic aneurysm entails a history and physical exam with special attention to blood pressure control, echocardiography to image the ascending aortic dimension and ct scan of the aorta, preferably to perform volumetric assessment of aortic dimensions with yearly comparisons to determine whether or not the aneurysm is enlarging. Some cardiovascular surgeons specialize in this. ...Read more
Healthy male 23 with WPW (no symptoms) @ dangerous area of aorta. Considering audio graphic. Are the risk worth the procedure, life with out?
WPW: Wpw is a conduction abnormality of the heart itself: it has nothing to do with a dangerous part of the aorta. Consult a cardiologist. ...Read more
Mild aorta regurgitation on echo. Norm leaflets no stenosis. LV norm size and function. No symptom. Can I go back to aero. Exercise? Cause of regurg?
Aortic valve: In these situations unless there is any other reason we do not limit aero type exercise, but I recommend against very heavy exercise such as weight lifting, most other sports are OK, reason is calcification in aortic valve in most cases at your age, but you should ask that to your doc ...Read more
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