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What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

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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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"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


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How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Depends: If you have a family history theres a 10% relation. Their wise hypertension and smoking are the most common contributing factors. As a rule a 37 year old should not be concerned. ...Read more

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Flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm, is this okay?

Flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm, is this okay?

Usually, yes: If your aneurysm is stable, and there is no indication for surgery at this time, flying is ok. ...Read more

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Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Chest pain is the most common presenting symptom for thoracic aortic aneurysm. However, in some patients, the initial symptom may be rupture presenting as sudden death. ...Read more

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Is it okay to fly with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is it okay to fly with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

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 more

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Can you go flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Can you go flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Sure: It would be ok as long as it is not very large more than 6 cm and you don't have sudden changes in blood pressure. ...Read more

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Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Not on its own: Aneurysms tend to grow slowly over time: for abdominal aortic aneurysms, about 10% of their diameter per year, for thoracic aneurysms, maybe slightly less. Risk factors for growth include uncontrolled hypertension and smoking. ...Read more

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How infrequent is a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

Rare: Most aneurysms occur in people aged 55 years or older. Aneurysms are four times more common in men than in women. Other than aging with and high blood pressure. in younger patients, trauma to chest, infection , and connective tissue disorders such as Marfan's syndrome are causes. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

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 more

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Is there a difference between a thoracic aneurysm and a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Probably not: Technically, "thoracic aneurysm" could refer to any of the arteries in the chest. The thoracic aorta is the most likely to have an aneurysm. ...Read more

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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?

Hello my hubby who is in prison has a Thoracic aortic aneurysm 4.7 what should be his course of action going forward?

Testing, monitoring: He should have a cardiac Echo to determine if ha has a bicuspid aortic valve and get yearly chest CT scans to monitor size. If he has bicuspid valve or if it enlarges to > 5 cm, he should see a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Thoracic aortic aneurysm , can you slow it down, and can it cause dizzies or dizzy spells ?

Thoracic aortic aneurysm , can you slow it down, and can it cause dizzies or dizzy spells ?

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 more

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Why does the aha recommend people with thoracic aortic aneurysm avoid heavy lifting when my cardiologist says there is no study supporting this?

TRUE: Common sense will say the increase in intramuscular pressure with weight lifting will increase the arterial pressure that can possibly make the aneurysm to enlarge. I tell patients not to do the same. ...Read more

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Should I get a yearly CT angiography or an MRA for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Should I get a yearly CT angiography or an MRA for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

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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What are the differences of getting CT angiography vs. Mra for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Radiation: Cta uses radiation, while mra uses magnetic fields. Both will give good images of vascular anatomy. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is un-insured & needs treatment for thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Academic medical : Most university hospitals have specialty clinics where proper evaluation and treatment can b done. Many private non- profit hospitals do also. Check with county medical society. ...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


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more