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Diagnosed with COPD, GERD, have breathing difficulty. X-ray showed hyper-inflated lungs and atherosclerotic aorta. Meaning?

Dear Doctor, I am C J Rao, aged 67 yrs. Vegetarian with no sugar, BP etc. I have been diagnoised for COPD & GERD by my Pulmonologist & Gastroenterologist . Upper GI endoscopy showed small ulcers in the lower esophagous. I am presently on Sopraj 40 and Levo Gastrol OD 75 for 1 month. For COPD I am on TRIOHALE inhaler 2 puffs daily.Since I have breathing diffulty and mucous my Doctor advised me to have a Chest X Ray PA which I took now. The X-Ray report states: HYPERINFLATED LUNGS & ATHEROSCLEROTIC AORTA. Pl. advise me what does this mean and is this a cause for anxiety. My heart ECHO 2D is normal. Is this a major disease ?
Asked On : Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
As you are a known case of COPD, there is difficulty in exhaling respiration and when chest x ray is taken, it shows hyperinflation. This is a common finding in COPD patients.
Atherosclerotic aorta means calcification in aorta which is a normal finding with age.
No it is a normal variant and not a major disease.
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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