Dilated aortic root. It is not rare and we see it in various situations. When it is present we follow it with echocardiography usually. See this: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/15502499.
Risk factor. It's the main risk factor for aortic dissection (tearing of the lining of the aorta) but the devil's in the details. How dilated is it?
Cause? With echocardiography, this is an increasingly common incidental finding. The issue is alway the cause. It may be benign, but hypertensive disease, heritable or acquired vascular disorders, aortic valvular disease. Serial studies are very important to track stability. Progressive enlargement would be an ominous development requiring consultation.
Aortic root. A normally composed aortic root is not usually going to dilate quickly in response to normal blood pressure or slightly high pressure. Abnormalities in the structure of the aorta can predispose to dilation in some people.
No. If it were, all professional athletes would be at risk and they're not!
Yes. Yes, exercise can, depending on how dilated the root is. Exercise increased blood flow through the heart which in turn does to the aortic root. It also increases blood pressure. The combination can affect the dilation of the aortic root. Recommend you see your cardiologist for exercise recommendations and limitations.
I am terrified that my heart will stop or my aorta will burst, can't stop this fear, I got bav and 45mm dilated aortic root. Please reassure me.?
Bicuspid AV. Don't be terrified! But do follow-up with a cardiologist on a regular basis. This will require definitive surgical treatment at some point.
Bicuspid aortic valv. You are at risk for aortic dissection but forewarned is forearmed. You will need an aortic valve replacement and aortic root reconstruction but timing is everything. You obviously are established with a cardiologist. Get an annual echo and stay in touch with your doc. I follow lots of folks just like you and have never lost 1. When you get to 50 mm, you should see a ct surgeon. This is routine.
Be established. Become established with a cardiologist - I follow many people with your condition. When the time is right - usually at an older age, the valve can be replaced with or without the aortic root, depending on their condition at the time.
Bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root dilated at 4.6cm, no stenosis, trivial regurg, cardiologist not worried at all, I'm really anxious, should I be?
No. Keep monitoring the aorta and the valve. Make sure you are on appropriate medication such as ace inhibitors.
Aortic balve. Needs to be closely monitored not yet requiring intervention based on your description.
No you shouldn't. Dear themalteser, bicuspid aortic valve is very common, affecting 1 to 2% of the general population. In fact, it is the most common congenital heart defect. Most people who have a bucspid aortic valve have a well functioning valve - like you do. The only recommendation is to continue to have follow up visits with your cardiologist and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Needs to be followed. Nearly 100% of bicuspid valves will need to be replaced eventually. Currently it seems the valve is ok with no stenosis or regurgitation. The aortic root dilation is more significant. The surgical threshold for this starts at 5cm with most having surgery by 5.5cm. If you have not had a ct scan yet you should. If this is your first it should be repeated in 6 months.