What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

Athersclerosis. Combination of genetics and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis results from smoking and unhealthy eating.
Unclear. Atherosclerosis syphilis hypertension congenital and familial syndromes and collagen diseases marfan, ehlers danlos all these entities are associated and there are theories of genetic flaws or ischemia of the wall etc.

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What's the newest surgical procedure for an aneurysm of the ascending aorta?

Covered Stent. The latest treatment modality for an ascending aortic aneurysm would be an endograft (covered stent). One of the challenges is maintaining flow to the great vessels of the aortic arch. Branched and fenestrated endografts are currently being developed and tested to accommodate the aortic arch and the ascending thoracic aorta. Read more...
Surgery. Still the gold standard for this problem although there are lots of people working on an endovascular solution and also minimally invasive surgery. Read more...

What is the latest surgical procedure for an aneurysm of your ascending aorta?

Stent grafts. Special stent graft techniques are being researched to allow for preservation of the aortic arch branches and avoid a more invasive chest incision. Treatment of ascending aorta aneurysms involving the coronary arteries still will require bypass surgery, although may be combined with stent graft techniques. Read more...

female 58 yrs Small aneurism in ascending aorta and arch; also PFO; high LDL & chol- can't take statins. Willl diet & exercise be enough?

Depends on LDL level. AHA/ACC guidelines =treat based on an assessment of lifetime risk of developing heart disease. Typically, before statins are started, a sincere attempt at lifestyle changes, including avoiding saturated fats& exercising (atleast walking even 10,000 steps/day) ought to be undertaken. Recheck fasting lipids 6 months later. No egg yolks, no shellfish; eat salmon, almond/walnut (Incr. HDL) Read more...