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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
Actual aorta - very unlikely. If you are having
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The main artery: 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, and inherited risk factors. ...Read more
Surgery sometimes: That would depend on where is the tear and how much it compromises flow to vital organs. If the tear is within the first few inches of the aorta taking off from the heart, emergent surgery is needed. If the tear is further downstream and does not compromise flow to vital organs then it may be treated with medications for pain/high blood pressure and watchful waiting. ...Read more
Unlikely but possible: Any serious deceleration can cause traumatic disruption of the aorta. More commonly motor vehicle collisions, but I have seen a bicycle collision do it. ...Read more
. Meaning tortuosity-?
As the tissue hardens they may extend and kink a bit. ...Read more
Co arctation of aort:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/coarctation-of-the-aorta/basics/definition/con-20031772.
Not normal: It is not normal to have a hole in the aorta. If a hole is present, it would lead to internal bleeding. Occasionally, abnormal connections between aorta and other structures or blood vessels could be seen which may be contained and/or tolerated. Further detail is needed to answer this question. ...Read more
What's the risk of the aorta getting weaker in 2 months time with occasional bursts of extreme BP. Maybe once a day.
Aorta: I don't think you can find an answer for this one. Doing this research would be very difficult. The likelihood is the risk is low however. Those occassional bursts of 'extreme BP' would be more likely to cause other problems. I won't mention them as I suspect your anxiety would only transfer from the aorta to other things. ...Read more
What do you suggest if I'm a female age 63 diagnosed wh dissected aorta b and stable. Can I have moderate sex with my husband?
After 6 months: Your profile says you're 34. What's up? ...Read more
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
Ultrasound, but...: The two primary ways we measure the aorta is by ultrasound or ct scanning. Each modality has its pros and cons. While ultrasound is the preferred screening and first-line method of aortic imaging, one caveat to keep in mind is that it does tend to overestimate the size of the abdominal aorta and it is not practical for imaging of the thoracic aorta. Ct is more accurate though not cost-effective. ...Read more
Check with your doc:
Typically the aorta does not develop cysts. The aorta, or main blood vessel leading from the heart to the neck, arms and abdomen / legs can develop an aneurysm or enlargement. This is not normal and can be dangerous if it gets too large.
There are several ways to image the aorta depending on what part of the body is involved including ultrasounds and ct scans. ...Read more
Coarctation of aorta: Coarctation of the aorta (coa) is a relatively common defect that accounts for 5-8% of all congenital heart defects. The diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta may be missed and diagnosis is often delayed until the patient develops congestive heart failure (chf), which is common in infants, or hypertension, which is common in older children. Coa is a lifelong disease with a guarded prognosis. ...Read more
Mostly sarcomas: While rare, tumors of aorta do occur in both thoracic and abdominal aorta with equal frequency. Histologically, sarcomas constitute the majority of primary aortic tumors, with the malignant fibrous histiocytoma subtype being most common. They arise in the intima and grow along the intimal surface and into aortic lumen forming polypoid masses but tend to not invade the aortic wall. ...Read more
Few things: High blood pressure, a congenital condition like Marfan syndrome, or structural heart disease like having a bicuspid valve or aortic regurgitation. It can be fatal if the aorta gets beyond a certain size. There is debate and each patient is different, but most surgeons would elect to replace an aorta that is bigger than about 50-52 mm in diamter. ...Read more
Normal measurements: All measurements are well within normal range. ...Read more