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What does it mean for an adult to have coarctation of the aorta?

What does it mean for an adult to have coarctation of the aorta?

Needs close followup: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital abnormality, where portion of the aorta (large artery carrying blood out from the heart to rest of the body) is narrowed. It may be narrowed only slightly, so that no obstruction is noted in childhood, but adults may still develop: high blood pressure, early-onset coronary disease, or aorticaneurysm or dissection. Close surveillance is important. ...Read more

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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 an enlarged left ventricle of the heart do to a child?

What does an enlarged left ventricle of the heart do to a child?

Depends: Mitral valve regurgitation or cardiomyopathy are 2 common causes. Your doctor will be able to discuss the clinical ramification for the left ventricular enlargement and monitoring or follow up needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get an extension of the heart?

What does it mean to get an extension of the heart?

Extension: I assume you mean an extension of a heart attack. This happens when the initial event extends its amount of damage as time goes on ather than the whole damage happening at once. ...Read more

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I know that aortic aneurysm is a general term for swelling of the aorta. How does this affect my blood flow?

I know that aortic aneurysm is a general term for swelling of the aorta. How does this affect my blood flow?

Blood flow unaffecte: Main risk of aortic aneursym is rupture with increasing size. Rarely blood flow may be impaired with thrombus or blood clot formation in abdominal aneursym. ...Read more

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What is an ablation of the heart and what does it mean?

What is an ablation of the heart and what does it mean?

Destroy problem area: In some cases, an area of the heart can cause dangerous or uncomfortable irregularity of the heartbeat. A special wire is used to destroy the offending area hopefully curing the problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I had surgery to correct what the doctors called endocardial cushion defect, would this be considered a form of heart disease, or just a defect?

What to do if I had surgery to correct what the doctors called endocardial cushion defect, would this be considered a form of heart disease, or just a defect?

Endocardial defect: Endocardial cushion defect is a hole in the heart. Repair of it may leave you in very good shape but some kinds of cushion defect still leave you with problems after repair. You should discuss with the doctor(s) who know your exact situation. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get coarctation of the aorta?

How common is it for somebody to get coarctation of the aorta?

1 in 1500 births: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital heart defect and occurs in 6-8% of patients with congenital heart disease. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't catch an asd in a child until after the age of 10yo, does this mean their heart is damaged for life?

What happens if you don't catch an asd in a child until after the age of 10yo, does this mean their heart is damaged for life?

Not particularly: Although there is an effort to close asd's by school age an asymptomatic child of 10 is not necessarily ruined for life. The size of the defect is quite variable as is the effect on heart function. I would be more concerned if the child had gone thru puberty and added muscle mass and weight to the equation.An open discussion of your concerns with your physicianis in order. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have 25-50% blockage in an artery?

What does it mean to have 25-50% blockage in an artery?

Risk: If an artery is 25-50% narrowed, you would generally not have any symptoms except under extreme exercise. However, the fact that it is partially blocked implies that you are at risk for progression - either gradual due the risk factors that cause the partial narrowing or suddenly when platelets stick to the area and cause complete blockage. ...Read more

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What does it mean when one of your aorta ventericle is narrow and is slowing leaking blood would the put a stent in it or do something else?

What does it mean when one of your aorta ventericle is narrow and is  slowing leaking blood would the put a stent in it or do something else?

Cardiology: Hello utah...My alma mater! this question is complicated by the use of terms that don't go together or make much sense. It sounds like you need arterial stents to keep arteries open and supplying your heart muscle with the appropriate fresh blood and oxygen. I would trust the doctors on the ground there to give you the best advice and to follow their recommendations urgently. ...Read more

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What is does it mean to have dislocation of the hip?

What is does it mean to have dislocation of the hip?

Severe pain: A dislocated hip causes severe pain and no weight bearing or walking. ...Read more

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I have a suspected duplex collecting system. What does this mean and how is it treated?

I have a suspected duplex collecting system. What does this mean and how is it treated?

I think you : Have double ureter in one of your kidneys, instead of the usual, which is one. It does not require any special treatment as long as your kidney is working fine. ...Read more

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What does a mra of heart mean does it show the valve problem so doctors can treat it?

What does a mra of heart mean does it show the valve problem so doctors can treat it?

Many things...: Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive (non needle based) way of evaluating heart and valve function. It is the most accurate and reproducible way to assets heart function and the cause of heart weakening. To specifically evaluate heart valve structure and function, MRI is good, but cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) is better. ...Read more

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What is coarctation of the aorta and how do you treated?

Narrow artery/surger: By definition coarctation of the aorta is a abnormality of vascular embryology. At birth flow is adequate for the limited activity i the new born and early toddler years, but as children age, their growing bodies and activity out grows the narrowed aorta's ability to supply enough blood fast enough to keep up. Once identified the narrowing is corrected surgically with a bypass procedure. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when the doc says you have a narrowing of the spine?

What exactly does it mean when the doc says you have a narrowing of the spine?

Spinal canal: It typically means that their may not be enough space in your spinal canal for the nerves frequently having some narrowing can be without any real consequence if you have no symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a heart attack at the bottom of the heart?

What does it mean to have a heart attack at the bottom of the heart?

Inferior myocardial: it means infarction of the inferior wall of the heart which is usually supplied by the right coronary artery. It usually is less serious than an anterior MI but still can be fatal. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

Total Occlusion: Total Occlusion means that it is completely blocked and no blood can flow through it. That is very bad. The brain is where the blood is going! If you have disease in any artery, you probably have disease in other arteries. Inflammation is one of the main causes. ...Read more