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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Aortic Ectasia

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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

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Can a dilation of the ascending aorta be temporary and caused by infection?

Can a dilation of the ascending aorta be temporary and caused by infection?

Not Temporary: Chagas disease is a tropical parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. It can cause aortic dilation aka aneurysm.

Once dilation happens it is not temporary. Close monitoring needed. ...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?

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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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

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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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Mild aneurysmal dilation of the distal abdominal aorta, this showed up on an unrelated mri, how common is this? History of cad

Mild aneurysmal dilation of the distal abdominal aorta, this showed up on an unrelated mri, how common is this? History of cad

Common: Enlargement of the aorta is common, although usually at older ages. Smokers and patients with certain specific inherited conditions can have aortic aneurysms. This should be followed but periodic imaging studies. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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How long can aortic dissection symptoms last?

Aortic dissection: It depends upon extent of dissection and type of dissection. ...Read more

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For how long do aortic dissection symptoms last?

Dissection: The pain of aortic dissection can stop when the dissection stabilizes, the patient dies or has effective treatment. The time any of these takes is highly variable. ...Read more

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What symptoms should make me suspect I may have an aortic dissection?

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

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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of aortic stenosis?

I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of aortic stenosis?

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

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How can doctors know if my aortic anurism is growing? Is there any symptoms I should look for?

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

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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?

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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Tortuous aorta symptoms?

Aorta: A tortuous aorta may have no symptoms. If there are symptoms they generally relate to obstructed blood flow related to the tortuosity. The symptom would depend on what wasn't getting good flow or perhaps some compression caused in adjacent organ by the tortuosity. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tortuous aorta?

What are the symptoms of a tortuous aorta?

Tortuosity aorta: Usually has no symptoms specific to tortuosity. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of coarctation of the aorta?

Many: Coarctation symptoms depend on the severity. Many people have no symptoms. But symptoms may include leg/abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, headache (from hypertension), and possibly chest pain if severe. If concerned, please discuss this with your cardiologist. ...Read more