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Tortuosity Of Aorta
Had a chest xray recently to find the reason for shoulder pain. The chest ray showed tortuosity of the Thoracic aorta, this was three weeks ago and ha?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just a bit curvy: Arterial tortuosity syndrome is a rare connective tissue disorder causing some tortuosity (curves) of the major arteries including the aorta. It is associated with hyperextensible skin and hypermobility of joints. There isn't any specific treatment for this condition. If it involves the heart/valve area which may cause trouble and that needs treatment. Consult doc if you have trouble. Good luck. ...Read more
Xray: This is a chest xray appearance of a widening of the normal aortic arch curve in the superior thorax. It does not necessarily have pathologic import though it is often seen in older patients and those with hypertension and atherosclerotic disease. ...Read more
2-3.5 PSI: Pressure in the aorta is measured in mm of mercury, or mmhg. To convert to psi, divide normal aortic pressure of 100-180 mmhg by 10 to get cmhg, then use any simple conversion chart or app. It works out to 1.9 to 3.5 psi. Curious as to why you would want to know this though? ...Read more
Cholesterol plaques: Atherosclerosis literally means "hardening of the arteries" which is caused by plaques or buildup of cholesterol along with immune cells and scar tissue inside the walls of blood vessels. This can occur in any blood vessel in the body, including the aorta, which is the large artery that delivers blood out to the body from the heart. ...Read more