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    Question about Acsending thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortic valve problems
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    An_243880 posted:
    I have an ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm, diagnosed in 2007. I am a 53 year old female. It is 4.6 cm and has been stable for a number of years. I also have leakage from my aortic valve which is visible on an echo. Lately I have been experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, however there is no change in the aneurysm. There is more backflow from the valve however. Could my symptoms be related to that? I spent 48 hrs in the hospital being appropriately evaluated, however no real answer about the new onset of symptoms.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "There is more backflow from the valve however."

    "Could my symptoms be related to that?"

    It may/could be.

    Valvular regurgitation (leakage) levels goes from trace or physiologic (aka minimal or trivial, found in many otherwise heart-healthy people, and for the most-part, can be safely ignored), to mild (should be monitored) to moderate (should be monitored closely to see what overall effect it's having on the heart) to severe (when it gets to this point, valve repair or replacement is usually dictated).

    Valvular regurgitation grading scale by echocardiography is 0-4plus.Valvular regurgitation can cause various symptoms (such as chest pain, tightness, pressure or discomfort, irregular hearbeat, shortness of breath) or no symptom(s) at all.

    As necessary, prescription drug-therapy treats symptoms, but does not cure the condition. As applicable, corrective treatments include catheter-based or surgical-based valve repair and replacement.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)




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