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Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Will a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm get smaller or disappear?

Not on its own: Aneurysms tend to grow slowly over time: for abdominal aortic aneurysms, about 10% of their diameter per year, for thoracic aneurysms, maybe slightly less. Risk factors for growth include uncontrolled hypertension and smoking. ...Read more

Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"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


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Should I get a yearly CT angiography or an MRA for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Should I get a yearly CT angiography or an MRA for ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm?

No: Echocardiography is cheaper, has no radiation, and is accurate. I routinely follow patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms with annual echos. ...Read more

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What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

What is a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Thoracic aortic aneu: Read this:

http://www. Vascularweb. Org/vascularhealth/pages/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm. Aspx

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Is it okay to fly with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is it okay to fly with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

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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Can you go flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Can you go flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Sure: It would be ok as long as it is not very large more than 6 cm and you don't have sudden changes in blood pressure. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

How concerned should I be about developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Depends: If you have a family history there's a 10% relation. Their wise hypertension and smoking are the most common contributing factors. As a rule a 37 year old should not be concerned. ...Read more

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How infrequent is a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

Rare: Most aneurysms occur in people aged 55 years or older.
Aneurysms are four times more common in men than in women. Other than aging with and high blood pressure. in younger patients, trauma to chest, infection, and connective tissue disorders such as Marfan's syndrome are causes. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in a healthy 27 year old?

Rare but rising: For men it is 16.3 per 100, 000 per year and for women it is 9.1 per 100, 000 per year. Numbers are small so you could say that an average male has a less than one hundredth of a percent chance per year of developing one. (data from journal circulation, 2006). ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a thoracic aneurysm and a thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Probably not: Technically, "thoracic aneurysm" could refer to any of the arteries in the chest. The thoracic aorta is the most likely to have an aneurysm. ...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?

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

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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

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Flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm, is this okay?

Flying with thoracic aortic aneurysm, is this okay?

Usually, yes: If your aneurysm is stable, and there is no indication for surgery at this time, flying is ok. ...Read more

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Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Chest pain is the most common presenting symptom for thoracic aortic aneurysm. However, in some patients, the initial symptom may be rupture presenting as sudden death. ...Read more

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Thoracic aortic aneurysm, can you slow it down, and can it cause dizzies or dizzy spells?

Thoracic aortic aneurysm, can you slow it down, and can it cause dizzies or dizzy spells?

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

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Why does the aha recommend people with thoracic aortic aneurysm avoid heavy lifting when my cardiologist says there is no study supporting this?

TRUE: Common sense will say the increase in intramuscular pressure with weight lifting will increase the arterial pressure that can possibly make the aneurysm to enlarge. I tell patients not to do the same. ...Read more

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How could a thoracic aortic aneurysm lead to pulmonary congestion/cough?

Several: Descending aorta can be quite large and compress the lung or the left airway- bronchus.
Ascending aorta can have valve disruption and congestive failure as features of progression.
Many are asymptomatic in the early stage and only detected by x-rays. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is un-insured & needs treatment for thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Academic medical: 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

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My father in law has thoracic aortic aneurysm that needs surgery? How long can he live with it untreated?

Depends on the size: The larger the size the greater the risk for rupture which has devastating impact and poor survival. Would encourage repair if a good candidate for surgery. ...Read more

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My husband has a 4.2 CM ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm. Is it best to consult with a vascular surgeon or a cardiologist?

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

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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?

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

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Could my abdominal mesh from hernia repair pose issues when I have my upcoming thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery (can this area be avoided?)

Could my abdominal mesh from hernia repair pose issues when I have my upcoming thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery (can this area be avoided?)

Can be avoided: Be certain your surgeon knows about (he probably does very well since he's seen your CT and MRI), but the area can be avoided - the AAA can be approached from a different angle. ...Read more

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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

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Can an aortic aneurysm be seen in a chest x-ray?

Sometimes: If you have a widened mediastinum, that may indicate that you have a thoracic aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see. ...Read more

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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

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

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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

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


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more