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Doctor insights on: Widened Aorta

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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 are the causes of widening of the ascending aorta?

What are the causes of widening of the ascending aorta?

Varies: Hypertension, aortic valve disease, genetic or hereditary causes, certain infectious and inflammatory diseases are among possible causes and risk factors for ascending aorta dilation and aneurysm. ...Read more

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What is a herniated aorta?

What is a herniated aorta?

No such thing: A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of an organ through a defect -- this really can't happen with the aorta. An enlarged aorta may (incorrectly) be called a "hernia", but more appropriately that would be ectasia or an aneurysm. ...Read more

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How can you measure aorta size?

How can you measure aorta size?

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

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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 does a pinched aorta feel like?

doesn't happen: Aortas don't get pinched. They can become aneurysmal, rupture, leak, become stenotic (develop "blockage"), tear, become infected, inflamed - but not pinched. ...Read more

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What is the normal psi of your aorta?

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 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