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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Aortic Calcification

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I have mild calcific thoracic aorta, is there something to do with heart disease.?

I have mild calcific thoracic aorta, is there something to do with heart disease.?

Yes: Most people are speaking about atherosclerosis, when talking about heart disease. Calcification in the thoracic aorta is not necessarily atherosclerosis; however, atherosclerosis is often found upon further investigation. Other risk factors that should be addressed include smoking cessation and blood pressure control. Your primary physician can manage these and discuss further testing. ...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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CT chest showed atherosclerotic calcification in thoracic aorta. Doc did not mention it or refer for follow up. Should I ask him?

CT chest showed atherosclerotic calcification in thoracic aorta. Doc did not mention it or refer for follow up. Should I ask him?

Yes: You should feel so comfortable with your doctor that you should ask whatever is on your mind. So yes ask so you understand and are very comfortable ...Read more

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"No evidence of calcified plaques in coronary arteries or thoracic aorta. Therefore, the calcium score is 0."How reliable is 0 CT score in predictin MI?

"No evidence of calcified plaques in coronary arteries or thoracic aorta. Therefore, the calcium score is 0."How reliable is 0 CT score in predictin MI?

Need risk factors.: While a high coronary calcium score (CCS) is helpful (in the sense that it virtually guarantees that you have heart disease & need treatment), a low CCS isn't very helpful. It's better for you to decide based on traditional risk factors: age, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, family history, etc. At your age, even a CCS of 0 can be a false negative. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime to discuss ...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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I had a chest CT it says fusiform actasia ascending aorta 3.1 and calcified right hilar nodes can you please explain?

I had a chest CT it says fusiform actasia ascending aorta 3.1 and calcified right hilar nodes can you please explain?

CT: These findings should be discussed with your Doc so you can get a clearer explanation than the limited space here allows. In short it says your aorta is a bit enlarged and there are some calcified lymph nodes in your chest. Your doctor can explain these findings in detail to you and their possible meanings. ...Read more

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What type of heart problem is senile calcific aortic stenosis?

What type of heart problem is senile calcific aortic stenosis?

Aortic stenosis: Restriction of opening of the aortic valve (valve between the heart and the circulation), due to deterioration of the valve over time, resulting in calcification and decreased opening. Common in older populations. Severe cases may require surgery to replace the aortic valve. ...Read more

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Punctate metallic density or calcific density projects over right lateral anterior chest wall. Xray results. What does this mean?

Punctate metallic density or calcific density projects over right lateral anterior chest wall. Xray results. What does this mean?

Chest films: It would help to be able to see the x-ray. This is often a foreign body, bullets being very common, or there can be a calcified lymph node. You need to ask your doctor about this since they can get further studies to better define the source of this. Actually if you were wearing clothing or a piece of jewelry, or a prior surgical clip that may be the source. ...Read more

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Hi I am sandeep my question is in my chest X-ray report it say old calcific density left hilar region. Is there any problem in my chest any suggestion?

Hi I am sandeep my question is in my chest X-ray report it say old calcific density left hilar region. Is there any problem in my chest any suggestion?

Calcified node: Usually calcification in hilum on chest xray represent a calcified lymph node related to old non active infection such as histoplasmosis or tuberculosis. This sometimes is associated with calcified nodule in the same lung, particularly tb. Other less common causes are in patients with lymphoma who have been treated successfully. Usually there is nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

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What is calcific foci in chest x ray does it signify any thing related for purpose I did the test - tb test. Does it have anything related to smoking?

What is calcific foci in chest x ray does it signify any thing related for purpose I did the test - tb test. Does it have anything related to smoking?

Calcification: The calcified lesion in itself is not of concern. For example in the area I live inhaling spores from plants is common and the body calcifies these over time and the calcifications are seen on xray. A TB granuloma can get calcified which is typically good and means the TB is being "walled off". Tumors can get calcified too. You will have to talk to your provider about the results. ...Read more

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Please explain what these CT findings mean and thank you so much ahead of time. Pleural based nodule in right upper chest size-2x6mm. A slightly asymmetric biapical plueroparenchymal scarring. Also small calcific densities measuring 3.5 mm in the right l

Please explain what these CT findings mean and thank you so much ahead of time. Pleural based nodule in right upper chest size-2x6mm. A slightly asymmetric biapical plueroparenchymal scarring. Also small calcific densities measuring 3.5 mm in the right l

Most likely OK: Small pleural based nodule is most likely a granuloma (left over from prior infection) but could conceivably be a small cancer. You will most likely be followed with ct, especially if you are a smoker. If there is no growth it is probably just a small granuloma and no biopsy is necessary. Biapical pleural parenchymal scarring is very common, but may also be followed. Calcific densities r likely ok. ...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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Can you tell me what does aortic unfolding with mural calcification?

Can you tell me what does 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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Is it possible that aorta valve calcification be treated with medication rathan surgery?

Calcification: Aortic valve calcification does not require any treatment at all. Aortic valve stenosis (blockage) only requires treatment when it becomes critical and causes symptoms. There's no medication that will stop calcification. Only surgery when necessary. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 80 year old mom has calcification of the aorta is that dangerous?

Should I be concerned if my 80 year old mom has calcification of the aorta is that dangerous?

Most people over 80: Have some degree of "hardening" of the arteries! Her pcp can help determine whether or not hers might be dangerous. ...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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I was told I have aorta calcification (not sure is it abdomen or?) what is the risk and treatment if available

I was told I have aorta calcification (not sure is it abdomen or?) what is the risk and treatment if available

Atherosclerosis: This is a sign of atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, cholesterol build-up in the arteries. Treatment is to lower cholesterol, diet, exercise and drugs. ...Read more

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What is defined as vascular calcification in the abdominal aorta?

What is defined as vascular calcification in the abdominal aorta?

Hardening of the art: It's evidence of arteriosclerosis - "hardening of the arteries.". ...Read more

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I had an echocardiogram done and I need help reading the results. What is mistral and aortic valve leaflet calcification?

Actually: You and your doctor need to review this together. We may able to define these terms for you - but we do not know the context they are in. This should be done between doctor and patient. Not between patient and an unknown, online medical provider who does not have your history. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a mild calcification of the aortic arch. Do I need surgery and what is my life expectancy? Female, 72 yo

Calcification: Calcification signifies that you have arteriosclerosis but mild calcification of the aortic arch is not hemodynamically not significant and no surgery is needed unlike having an aneurysm. You do have to be mindful of your blood pressure, serum cholesterol and other lipid levels, abstinence from smoking, etc and having regular checkups by your physician as well as reporting any suspicious symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what vascular calcification in the aorta and iliac vessels and pelvicaliectasis bilaterally mean?

Can you tell me what vascular calcification in the aorta and iliac vessels and pelvicaliectasis bilaterally mean?

Vascular calcificati: It is depsoition of calcium in the blood vessels. It is an aging process. You are at risk for progression of blocks and obstruction of blood flow/peripheral arterial disease. ...Read more

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Would calcification of the soft tissues show clearly on xray, or mri, for example stiffness in thoracic spine due to spondylitis?

Would calcification of the soft tissues show clearly on xray, or mri, for example stiffness in thoracic spine due to spondylitis?

Usually but always: Calcifications will show up on x-ray if there is enough of them. MRI doesn't show calcifications well. In the case of spondylitis, depending on the cause, there could bone erosions (loss of calcification), no calcifcation or abnormal calcificaion. A radiologist is trained to look for these things especially if spondylitis is listed in the diagnosis. ...Read more