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Doctor insights on: What Does An Enlarged Aorta Mean

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What does it mean if an EKG showed that I had an enlarged aorta?

What does it mean if an EKG showed that I had an enlarged aorta?

EKG not accurate: Or even used to diagnose this. Ct MRI or echo required. ...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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X-ray results were "Everything is normal. Heart is not enlarged but aorta is tortous." What does this mean?

X-ray results were "Everything is normal. Heart is not enlarged but aorta is tortous." What does this mean?

Tortuous aorta: It means the aorta takes a somewhat twisting course in the thorax and/or abdomen. It is not necessarily pathologic although it isn't strictly normal. ...Read more

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If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they reach a certain size due to the risk of rupture. People with aortic anuerysms should follow up routinely with a vascular specialist for ongoing management of the condition (cardiologist or vascular surgeon). ...Read more

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What does it mean if the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta?

What does it mean if the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta?

U r reading too much: You read technical phrases on an echocardiogram that by itself and without a clinical context has very little meaning. Discuss the whole report with the person who ordered it and DO NOT waste time, energy and anxiety reading technical jargon that may not mean much. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does "the heart is enlarged in transverse diameter with unfolding thoracic aorta" mean?

Enlarged heart: Unfolding of aorta - probably you are born with it. Nothing much to worry.
Enlarged heart- you have to undergo further cardiac work-up like echo or cardiac MRI to know the underlying etiology for cardiomegaly. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does "enlarged aortic root with prominent sinus of valsalva" mean?

Please tell me what does "enlarged aortic root with prominent sinus of valsalva" mean?

Dilated aortic root: It means the part of the aorta coming out of the left ventricle is dilated and the sinuses of valsalva which make op the area including the valve are enlarged also. ...Read more

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What does it mean: discrete enlarged mid para aortic and mesenteric nodes, the largest is 19mmx11mm?

What does it mean: discrete enlarged mid para aortic and mesenteric nodes, the largest is 19mmx11mm?

Why did you have CT?: Unless you have some abdominal symptoms or disease of the nodes anywhere else, this report is fairly benign.
Lymph nodes can be benign as long as they are smaller than 2cm and Not growing in size. You need to give us history of your health/symptoms so that we can relate the test to your symptoms. ...Read more

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What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

What does asymmetric thickening of the cecum and ascending colon with enlarged para-aortic nodes mean? Had thyroid cancer and stage IIC melanoma 2013

Question for your Dr: Whoever ordered the CT scan (primary doctor / oncologist) should interpret the scan report for you - it's important to follow-up after test. Asymmetric thickening means that one wall / side of the colon in these parts (the 1st part) is thicker than the other wall. The lymph nodes on either side of this thickened colon are enlarged. These are non-specific. A recurrence is poss, but a biopsy needed. ...Read more

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CT scan (for kidney stone) showed enlarged spleen, enlarged para-aortic lymph node, & diffusely hypodense liver-no lesions. What can this mean?

CT scan (for kidney stone) showed enlarged spleen, enlarged para-aortic lymph node, & diffusely hypodense liver-no lesions. What can this mean?

Unless you have: Had a recent illness (e.g. mononucleosis) that could explain those findings, unfortunately the main concern for splenomegaly and adenopathy would be lymphoma. Please talk to your doc about the results and next steps. ...Read more

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What does uncoiling of the aorta mean?

Aorta: The term uncoiling of the aorta refers to an appearance on the chest xray which looks like the aorta has untwisted and elongated as if it is an unwound coil of a spring. ...Read more

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What does atheromatous aorta mean medically?

Cholesterol plaque: It means the aorta has some cholesterol plaques on it. When noted on a x-ray or ct scan, this typically means that some calcified plaques are present on the films. Usually this is managed through cholesterol medication. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does atheromatous aorta mean?

Please tell me what does atheromatous aorta mean?

ATHEROMATOUS AORTA: This means there are atheromatous changes seen on an imaging study which shows these changes in the aorta. It means the patient has atherosclerotic vascular disease. ...Read more

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Why are isometric exercises bad for enlarged aortas?

Exercise: Isometrics can cause large blood pressure swings which can increase the wall stress on the enlarged aorta. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a nonaneurysmal aorta?

Not enlarged: An aneurysm is an abnormal dilatation or enlargement of your aorta. Yours is not, however, the fact that they described it in this way instad of "normal" makes me winder if they are seeing something, like plaque or calcification. Ask for more detail of the report. ...Read more

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Please tell me if an enlargement of 1 CM of the aorta dangerous?

Please tell me if an enlargement of 1 CM of the aorta dangerous?

Depends: It depends on what part of the aorta, whether there are symptoms, what the absolute size is, what the size of the patient is, and the rapidity of enlargement (if known). Family history and presence of Marfan's or pregnancy matter too. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged aorta? Is it fatal?

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

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I have a 3.7 CM enlarged ascending aorta, do I have to be concerned?

Concerned? No.: No, but observant, yes! Likelihood of rupture is very small, growing to worrisome levels once expands to 5.5 cm ...Read more

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I've now been told I have a twisted aorta, what does this mean and is it dangerous?

Turtuous Aorta: A tortuous aorta is an aorta with anatomical abnormalities which cause it to be distorted in shape or path. Some people have a tortuous aorta and experience no ill health effects as a result of their slightly unusual anatomy, while others can experience complications. The area involved may affect Blood pressure and increase risk of Atherosclerosis, so be sure to simply get regular appts for F/U. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means when the aorta curves towards the right instead of left?

Huh?: It means that when you were formed in the uterus, your aorta curved to the right instead of to the left. Other than causing a funky looking chest x-ray, there isn't much significance to it. ...Read more