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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm And Aortic Dissection
"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more
It's OK to fly: There's nothing about flying that will adversely affect your thoracic aortic aneurysm. You should have it evaluated by a vascular surgeon, depending on its size, at least annually. Our usual threshold for repair of a thoracic aneurysm that is not causing symptoms (e.g., pain) is around 6 cm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare but rising: For men it is 16.3 per 100, 000 per year and for women it is 9.1 per 100, 000 per year. Numbers are small so you could say that an average male has a less than one hundredth of a percent chance per year of developing one. (data from journal circulation, 2006). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Hello my hubby who is in prison has a Thoracic aortic aneurysm 4.7 what should be his course of action going forward?
Can a genetically inherited thoracic aortic aneurysm be congenital or can it appear later in life?
Generally later in: Life unless related to coarctation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sometimes.: Probably the most important thing is controlling hypertension in patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm. Beta blockers are often helpful. However, there are many other causes, such as connective tissue disease, and even infections and inflammatory diseases which can cause taa. It is conceivable that a taa could contribute to dizziness if the great vessels are involved, but unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Echocardiography is cheaper, has no radiation, and is accurate. I routinely follow patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms with annual echos. ...Read more
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