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Heart enlarged tortuosity of the thoracic aorta ?

Heart enlarged tortuosity of the thoracic aorta ?

Enlarged heart: It is better you have it looked at it by a Cardiologist. This sounds like a Xray finding. Heart size could be better evaluated by other nonivasive testings like echocardiogram. ...Read more

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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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Vascular aortic anyerisum

Vascular aortic anyerisum

Aortic aneurysm: means pathological increase in diameter of aorta which is the largest artery in chest and abdomen ...Read more

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Arteriosclerotic internal carotid & vertebro basilar arteries predominantly the left vertebrobasilar segment appearing tortuous with slight prominence?

Arteriosclerotic internal carotid & vertebro basilar arteries predominantly the left vertebrobasilar segment appearing tortuous with slight prominence?

Vertrebrobasilar: Were you started on full anticoagulation (warfarin/coumadin)? If so the bleeding gums could be secondary to therapy. The vertebrobasilar arterial blockage cannot be repaired surgically.You might be experiencing: dizziness, loss of balance, and incoordination. ...Read more

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Abdominal aorta calcification means what?

Abdominal aorta calcification means what?

Calcification : Calcification of blood vessel walls (including of the aorta) is commonly detected by X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound tests. It usually indicates the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease involving cholesterol and thickening/hardening of the vessel wall. ...Read more

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Ultrasound shows artherosclerotic changes in the aorta! chest xray showed calcification of the aortic arch?

Ultrasound shows artherosclerotic changes in the aorta! chest xray showed calcification of the aortic arch?

Cholesterol: You have atherosclrosis. Just focus on the risk reduction. Cholesterol and BP control. If you have diabetes make sure it is under control. Do not smoke. ...Read more

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What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

Athersclerosis: Combination of genetics and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis results from smoking and unhealthy eating. ...Read more

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What's the difference between thoracic aortic aneurysms and tortuous aorta?

Diameter: Aneurysm 2x normal size of native aorta. Tortuous regards to the course of the vessel. Ectasia refers to enlarged vessel but less than twice normal. Arteriomegaly-large arteries, not aneurysmal. ...Read more

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What means aortic unfolding with mural calcification?

What means aortic unfolding  with mural calcification?

Aorta: It means the aorta is not following its usual course in the chest and the calcification implies there is atherosclerotic change in the aorta. This doesn't mean the aorta isn't doing its job but it also isn't absolutely normal. You should discuss the implications with your doctor. ...Read more

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Calcified pleural plaques lower thorax?

Calcified pleural plaques lower thorax?

Exposed to asbestos: Means that you may have or have worked around asbestos. Will not affect your breathing but may put you at risk for mesothelioma. Would have you doc keep an eye on them every so often. ...Read more

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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...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 is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Thoracic aortic aneu: read this: http://www.vascularweb.org/vascularhealth/pages/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm.aspx

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My recent thoracic MRI for scoliosis shows right-sided aortic arch& right-sided descending thoracic aorta..possible congenital heart dis. Can u die ?

My recent thoracic MRI for scoliosis shows right-sided aortic arch& right-sided descending thoracic aorta..possible congenital heart dis.  Can u die ?

Chill out: If you lived to the ripe age of 31 before finding out you had this anomaly, you will likely live a full life without problems. The process is likely a "laterality sequence". This originates early in fetal formation. Those with bad heart defects show up early in life. You need further study, and consultation with a geneticist. The worst of these is more common in males. ...Read more

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Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

No: An aortic dissection is a tear in the lining of the aorta, causing blood to leak into the aortic wall, causing pain and possibly hemodynamic issues. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the vessel to more than 2 times its normal size. Dissections may occur in aneurysms, and may become aneurysmal, but can occur independent of each other. ...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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My recent chest x Ray said atherosclerotic tortuosity of aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta. Is this of any concern.

My recent chest x Ray said atherosclerotic tortuosity of aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta. Is this of any concern.

FURTHER W/U NEEDED: Usually the thoracic aorta will dilate slowly with age. If it is apparent already you need a determination of the size. A thoracic echo and possible TEE. To evaluate thoracic anatomy. And an abdominal US to evaluate abdominal aorta. Then consult a surgeon a surgeon for further recommendations as needed. You will need to monitor your blood pressure and keep it under tight control . ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair?" many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM.Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea. ??

Mild thickening's OK: See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! ...Read more