Aorta

What is Aorta?

It is the largest artery in the human body and arises form the heart directly.

Questions and answers on "Aorta"

I am 74 years of age. Was diagnosed with an abdominal aorta tortuous to the left. Now my right leg has been shrinking. Are the 2 issues related?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Most likely not related!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Aortic tortousity in general has nothing to do with shrinkage of your leg.Only thing that can be related is that in case blood supply to leg is hampered due to distortion of aorta. I would order a doppler of the affected limb done. This...

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What is a calcified aorta?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
elasticity of aorta is lost due to calcification

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Aorta is the blood vessel that starts from heart and through it the blood flow and then supply to entire body. This will be elastic and hence can be dilated and contracted.

In calcified aorta the elasticity will...

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I have 90% blocked lower aorta. Did not know until last week. I am suppose to get heart XXXXXXX in 2weeks. I can't eat makes me sick , kidneys have no control, legs hurt, and the abdomen swelling it really very bad and painful.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
All symptoms are related to blocked aorta.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

All symptoms are related to blocked aorta.Particularly reduced blood supply to kidneys is causing all these symptoms.

Many procedures like balloon plasty, plaque shaving or putting stent can help relieving aortic...

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I had a pt with massive tumors mets throughout her abdomen which started having blood in her stools and vomiting blood, hematochezia; I've seen pt's who have bleed out from stragulation of the aorta. Is there any such term?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome to HCM
No,there is no term strangulation of aorta but there is rupture of aorta and this is serious condition which is lethal within 12 hours. Also,in this case there is possible tumor rupture into bowels and this could explain symptoms. Wish you...

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Hi, While doing a test for NZ visa, i was told that i have Aortic unfolding. I was recommended to meet a cadiologists. The cardio confirmed that it was a normal variation. Will i be granted a work VISA for NZ?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Getting VISA should not be a problem.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to HCM.
I am Dr Rakesh Sharma answering your query.
I can understand your concern.
Unfolding of aorta is a common and normal X Ray finding.
It is just a variation of aorta.And it is an universal opinion....

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I have a lump in the middle area of my left arm. MRI shows enlarged thoracic aeorta, thoracic curvature , had a wreck two months ago. Totaled my car, what kind of doctor should I see? Should I be concerned ? Was told about a year ago I have a leaky valve, but not to worry about it.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
General surgeon if necessary orthopedician

Detailed Answer:
Enlarged thoracic aorta could be incidental finding as lump is in left arm. What is the size of the aorta and where exactly it is located? If it is not aneurysmal and less than 40-45mm, it is not serious and you need to...

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what does it mean "Calcifications a present in a normal caliber abdominal aorta" does "normal caliber" mean just that - "normal" for a 50 year old? don't panic?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
this is right

Detailed Answer:
There is no need to panic of course.
Normal caliber means that there is no sign of aneurysms and there are standard size measures for aorta which can be easily measuredw by ultrasound or ct scan. Calcifications are expected in this age. So don't...

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I've been having some signs of Atherosclerosis of aorta : pulsing up high in my stomach and lower right side, burning in my toes. Not feeling well but I can't put my finger on it.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Following answer to your query.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you for asking!
I read your query and understood your concerns.

What you are experiencing doesn't necessarily mean that you have problems with atherosclerosis of aorta. The more accurate sign is the absence of pulse on...

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Hi, I am concerned after hearing today that I have ecstatic thoracic aorta. I will be getting an ultrasound in 2 weeks. Can this lead to heart disease?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Need work up and management

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for asking

I read your question and i understand your concern. Ectatic throacic aorta is basically an aneurysmal dilation of thoracic aorta also called thoracic ectatic aneurysm of aorta. They will run some labs to sort out the...

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Dear Doctor,
Prominent aortic knuckle has been diagnosed first time in the recent chest x ray. I request you to
provide me proper treatment plan and also precautions to be taken thereof.
XXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Age related change and not always a disease related finding

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Aortic Knuckle is a finding on Chest Xray only.
The aortic knuckle represents the left lateral edge of the aorta that arises out of left ventricle, as it arches backwards over the left main bronchus,...

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Recent questions on  Aorta

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Hello - Just wondering....I am a 41 yr old female, born with an aortic stenosis. I am a healthy person, never ever go to the doctor except back in Jan 2001 I had an aortic root enlargement and aortic valve replacement with a bovine valve. I have felt awesome afterwards. I have an extremely stressful job (office work not physical) just wondering if what feels like depression, tiredness, both arms ache with physical activity. My left thumb has had two occasions last week where it was stuck in a gripped position and could not move it for a minute or two. I know I am stressed as my neck has knots and am using alot of ben gay and advil. My blood pressure is actually perfect so I am assuming that it is NOT my heart. That is what I have come to the conclusion and just wanted to double check as I don t want to go to the doctor. Wouldn t that be a good indicator that I am just fine and it is just stress?

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patient 62 years old with hypertension suffering with a long history of back ache. 10 days ago symptoms flared up, ranging 2-9 out of ten, pain is described as pulsating, when lying prone the gentleman s pain started and he was visibly but slightly pulsing up and down. Corncerns re: AAA, his father died of an aneurysm, x rays taken due to Lx symptoms do not show Aorta as not calcified. I am a concerned chiropractor feel I should refer back to his GP ASAP or A+E. He has seen his GP once already and prescribed painkillers

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Hi, i am 32 years old I would like your advise on a heart surgery that i will undertake on Novermber 2010. In 1999 i had a correction to a coarctation with a 20mm Dacron interposition and in October 2000 i excised a bicuspid aortic valve, replaced with a 24mm cryopreserved aortic homograft. A couple of weeks ago i was admitted to hospital with left heart failure, pulmonary oedema and orthopnea. My surgent said that the valve replaced ten years ago is leaking and must be replaced however, he gave me two options which consist of the two types of valves i can choose one from. I am need of an aortic valve and root. The first option was to have a metal valve which they say lasts longer. The second option was replacing the present leaking valve with one that is the same. So i would be grateful if you can advise me which of the two you would recommend for me. I would also appreciate it if you could tell me the chances of the operation succeeding and how far technology will get in case of a further operation within the next ten years. If you would like any further information just contact me via email. I would be grateful if you can respond back to me as soon as possible. Thank you

doctor1 MD

HAD TRIPLE BY-PASS 10/1/2008 ALONG WITH WITH AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT AND ASCENDING AORTIC DISSECTION. CLOSE CALL TO SAY THE LEASE. 1/10/2012 DEVELOPED A.M. ARRHYTHMIA EVERY DAY. AM I IN SEVERE DANGER OF DYING OR IS MY SCENARIO LIVABLE.

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A cat scan for the lungs revealed atherosclerosis of the great vessels , aorta and coronary arteries. Aorta and pulmonary arteries are normal in caliber. Heart and and pericardium are within normal limits. There are no significant mediastinal or...

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Hi Dr. XXXXXXX I've got a question for you regarding a bright area on an MRI . I'm curious if this is a blood vessel or an artifact. One radiologist said it was an artifact (a pulsation artifact) but I'm curious as to your opinion. You can also...

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My wife's scan of her heart shows a dilated aorta the right side is normal at 2CM but the left is distended to 4.3CM Currently the earliest we can get an appointment is XXXXXXX 10th. We have been told not to sit on this by our primary. Is this a...

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