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Ascending and Aortic Arch Aneurysms

Overview

It is a bulge in the portion of the aorta , which is closest to the heart.

This ascending aortic aneurysm,it at the heart's left ventricle, and extends to the aortic arch, or the bend in the aorta. The arch of the aorta branches off at the head and arms.

These aneurysms, occur, because of molecular and connective tissue changes in the wall of the aorta. These changes can, sometimes cause atherosclerosis, and at other times cystic medial degeneration or the breakdown of the muscular layer in the aorta.

Risk factors for ascending and aortic arch aneurysms

This condition is usually found in people of the age group between 60-70,the risks include:

  • History of high blood pressure
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Age
  • Heart murmurs

Complications of ascending and aortic arch aneurysms

It is dangerous, because they may overstretch the aorta, which causes it to burst and spill blood outside of the aorta. As the aorta is main supplier of blood, a ruptured aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.

Diagnosing Ascending and Aortic Arch Aneurysms

Ascending aortic aneurysms, are diagnosed during exams or tests for other medical problems.

Symptoms of ascending and aortic arch aneurysms

It is said that, most people with ascending aortic aneurysms do not have any symptoms.

Some may experience:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Dry, cough
  • Dull, vague chest pain

Testing for ascending and aortic arch aneurysms

If the doctor suspects , an ascending or an aortic arch aneurysm, during a physical exam, then the diagnosis will be confirmed by a

  • An echo-cardiogram
  • An chest X-ray

Additional tests, to determine the size and extent of the aneurysm, include:

  • MRI
  • CT Scans
  • An angiogram

Testing results

The doctor or nurse will let you know when to expect your test results, and then call you when they are available.

Ascending and Aortic Arch Aneurysms Treatment

These types of ascending, or aortic arch aneurysms are usually operated on immediately.

Treatment/Strategy

Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Surgery is conducted, by removing a portion of the aorta which contains, the aneurysm, and then replacing it with a mesh graft.
  • The aortic valve, which is affected needs to be reconstructed with surgery, replaced and repaired.

Stenting

  • X-ray which helps guide, the stent-graft through the aorta to the aneurysm site.
  • Once in place,the blood flows through the stent-graft instead of into the aneurysm,which eliminated the chance of a rupture.
  • Inserting a stent-graft- It is a polyester tube which is covered by a tubular metal web- through a small incision in the upper thigh into the aorta.