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Will A Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Get Smaller Or Disappear
"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more
No: Echocardiography is cheaper, has no radiation, and is accurate. I routinely follow patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms with annual echos. ...Read more
It's OK to fly: There's nothing about flying that will adversely affect your thoracic aortic aneurysm. You should have it evaluated by a vascular surgeon, depending on its size, at least annually. Our usual threshold for repair of a thoracic aneurysm that is not causing symptoms (e.g., pain) is around 6 cm. ...Read more
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Hello my hubby who is in prison has a Thoracic aortic aneurysm 4.7 what should be his course of action going forward?
Testing, monitoring: He should have a cardiac Echo to determine if ha has a bicuspid aortic valve and get yearly chest CT scans to monitor size. If he has bicuspid valve or if it enlarges to > 5 cm, he should see a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more
What are the differences of getting CT angiography vs. Mra for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?
Radiation: Cta uses radiation, while mra uses magnetic fields. Both will give good images of vascular anatomy. ...Read more
Can a genetically inherited thoracic aortic aneurysm be congenital or can it appear later in life?
Generally later in: Life unless related to coarctation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sometimes.: Probably the most important thing is controlling hypertension in patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm. Beta blockers are often helpful. However, there are many other causes, such as connective tissue disease, and even infections and inflammatory diseases which can cause taa. It is conceivable that a taa could contribute to dizziness if the great vessels are involved, but unlikely. ...Read more
Most university hospitals have specialty clinics where proper evaluation and treatment can b done.
Many private non- profit hospitals do also.
Check with county medical society. ...Read more
My husband has a 4.2 CM ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm. Is it best to consult with a vascular surgeon or a cardiologist?
Close monitoring: Indications for surgical intervention are: symptomatic, larger than 5.5 cm, growth rate of greater than 0.5 cm in 6 months, or if you developed aortic valve disease ("leaky valve" or stenotic valve) or if greater than 5 cm and having open heart procedure for another reason. It sounds like you do not meet the criteria at this time but close monitoring is required. Ct and echo should be done. ...Read more
Why is my md suggesting genetic testing to help determine if I should wait or have surgery soon on my 4.9 thoracic aortic aneurysm?
Cause: Aortic aneurysms caused by genetic predisposition can have a much higher rupture rate and a more rapid rate of growth. These are operated on at a smaller size. Otherwise, 5- 5.5cm is the usual size to consider surgery. If there is a family history, or if the genetic testing is positive, family members should be tested. ...Read more
Could my abdominal mesh from hernia repair pose issues when I have my upcoming thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery (can this area be avoided?)
Upper back pain have had thoracic x-ray. Would aortic aneurysm show if present on pic. Thank you?
May or maynot: Depending on the x-ray and the amount of radiation etc, it may or may no show on a regular x-ray. If concerned, let your dr. Know and there are more definitive tests to assess for aneurysms than a routine x-ray of the thoracic back area. ...Read more
I, m 31, had stress test/ecogram of heart 4 months ago, signs were great. Can I develop an aortic aneurysm since then? I'v having mid chest/ back pain
Yes: Anything can develop. The stress test was a moment in time. However, a stress test looks for blockages in the coronary arteries of your heart, not an aortic aneurysm. Your symptoms could be an aneurysm. If you have personal or family risk factors for that, you need that evaluated. That can be done by angiography or ct. ...Read more
I have been having front upper left chest pain and dizziness. I have family history of heart problems. My mom has a bad heart valve and an aortic aneurysm. I have no health insurance currently. What would be your best advice?
A free health clinic: If you can't afford to see a cardiologist there are a number of places where you can be seen for very little. You may have to show that you can't afford to pay. ...Read more