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What's the specific meaning of cardiomegaly atheromatous aorta?

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Dr. James Strader
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Big heart

Cardiomegaly simply means a big heart.
If found dictated on an x-ray report, it can be due to the x-ray technique and not an abnormality, per se. Atheromatous aorta means that there are cholesterol plaques seen in the aorta. Again, if read from a chest x-ray report, this typically means some calcified cholesterol deposits are present.

In brief: Big heart

Cardiomegaly simply means a big heart.
If found dictated on an x-ray report, it can be due to the x-ray technique and not an abnormality, per se. Atheromatous aorta means that there are cholesterol plaques seen in the aorta. Again, if read from a chest x-ray report, this typically means some calcified cholesterol deposits are present.
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