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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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What does tortuosity of the thoratic aorta mean?

What does tortuosity of the thoratic aorta mean?

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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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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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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Is there a treatment for aortic tortourosity?

Is there a treatment for aortic tortourosity?

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

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What is slight unfolding of aorta?

What is slight unfolding of aorta?

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

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What is the normal psi of your aorta?

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

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What is atheroselerotic disease of aorta?

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

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What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

What are the major causes of unfolding of the aorta?

Atherosclerosis: . Meaning tortuosity- ? As the tissue hardens they may extend and kink a bit. ...Read more

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Why does the aorta pulse?

Why does the aorta pulse?

Because heart pumps: Aorta is the largest artery in the body. It carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The heart pushes the blood into the aorta by contracting and then relaxes to receive blood. After filling up the heart pumps the blood again into the aorta- and this contraction and relaxation of the heart causes a pulse which can be felt in aorta & all arteries. ...Read more