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    Back from Mayo
    Debsbears posted:
    I have a few questions wondering if I need to be concerned about:

    1) I have bilateral small saphenous vein insufficiency. Was told I need to have a procedure done asap called Endovenous thermal ablation: rodiofrequency/endovenous laser.

    My vasular surgeon says not to worry I don't need anything done with them. Should I be concerned?

    2) In Nov. I had a chest xray done for surgery and my chronic cough - lungs were clear nothing else wrong. At Mayo their chest Xray showed: Mildly tortuos aorta. Should I be concerned about? It just says I need to be watched. Doesn't say what Dr.

    Thanks for any and all help.
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "Bilateral small saphenous vein insufficiency"

    "Should I be concerned?"

    The general consensus would be yes, mainly, obviously if there are concerning symptoms or impairment.

    As reported, the small saphenous vein (SSV), a superficial vein, drains blood from the outer ankle up the calf to the back of the knee. Behind the knee the small saphenous vein drains into the popliteal vein.

    The good news is that the deep veins, which are by far the most important ones (as they normally drain 90% of blood flow from the legs) can readily assume the function of superficial veins.

    "Mildly tortuos aorta"

    An uncommon abnormality is a wandering course or a tortuous/twisted aorta, one that follows an irregular, winding path from the heart distally, i.e., furthest from the point of origin,

    "Should I be concerned?"

    Problems with the aorta, as well as the heart itself, can cause various symptoms (such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat) or no symptoms at all.

    The normal aorta (largest artery in the human body, shaped somewhat like a cane) is about 1" in diameter. Identifiable parts or sections of the aorta include the aortic root, ascending (goes upward) aorta, aortic arch (curved portion at the top of the aorta), descending aorta (going downward), thoracic aorta (chest area) and the abdominal aorta (stomach area).

    Take extra-good care,


    Debsbears replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Thanks C-star I have to have an endoscopy today they think I might have a small bleed somewhere.

    Also on the chest xray they found "interposition of colon between the right hemidiaphragm.

    So I guess I will have to take the report with me so there will not be any complications.
    cardiostarusa1 replied to Debsbears's response:
    You're welcome.

    Hope the endoscopy went well.

    Take extra-extra good care,


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