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Doctor insights on: What To Do With Tortuous Thoracic Aorta

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What is "tortuous thoracic aorta and is it serious?

What is "tortuous thoracic aorta and is it serious?

No : It's a radiographic description and it has no clinical implications. It doesn't cause symptoms and it isn't a risk factor for rupture. ...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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What is a tortuous thoracic aorta? Is it serious? Do I need to do anything? My doctor doesn't seem to be worried but then again he never seems to

What is a tortuous thoracic aorta? Is it serious? Do I need to do anything? My doctor doesn't seem to be worried but then again he never seems to

Uusally normal: This is a common finding on a chest x-ray and in most cases is simply a slight twist in the otherwise normal curvature of the aorta. Uusally not serious. If you wish to be certain, a cardiologist can do an echocardiogram and in most cases determine if anything else, such an an aneurysm is present. Unfortunately "tortuous" is only a description, not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with tortuous and atherosclerotic thoracic aorta. What is that in layman talk?

I was diagnosed with tortuous and atherosclerotic thoracic aorta. What is that in layman talk?

Interpretation : Tortuous = twisted. Atherosclerotic = cholesterol laden. Thoracic = chest. Aorta = major blood vessel from heart to internal organs & extremities. ...Read more

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Can a mild tortuous descending thoracic aorta be caused by a 5cm hiatal hernia? Should this be a concern when having surgery for the hernia?

No, and no: The two issues are completely separate. I have seen dozens of occasions where the aorta is tortuous or not in the usual position in relation to the diaphragm during these types of hernia repairs. Make sure to see a general or thoracic surgeon with substantial experience in laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair for a consultation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?

Had chest X-ray  showed tortuous  thoracic  aorta. I know  I have abnormal  EKG  also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?

See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read more

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Would a tortuous thoracic aorta prevent me from having vertical gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss ?

No: Sleeve gastrectomy is an abdominal surgery. Tortuous thoracic aorta should not impact the decision whether to perform this surgery or not (unless there are other problems with the aorta, such as an aneurysm). ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does unfolding of descending thoracic aorta mean?

Can docs explain what does unfolding of descending thoracic aorta mean?

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