Growth rate & genetics - Aortic Aneurysm, Ectasia

Posted by annac3 @annac3, Thu, Sep 26 6:21am

Last year I was diagnosed with ectasia — 3.9cm ascending aorta. Follow up this year shows ascending aorta relatively unchanged at 4.0cm. However aortic root increased from 3.74cm to 4.4cm. Plus, I’m struggling to keep diastolic BP and HR down. Cardiologist added Losartan to Spironolactone. I’d like genetic testing for connective tissue diseases and a consult with thoracic surgeon. I also have hypothyroidism, cochlear otosclerosis, exaggerated thoracic kyphosis, osteoporosis and cervical spondylosis with myelopathy.

Hello @annac3,

Welcome to Connect. I’d like to offer some information about genetic conditions that may be the cause for aortic aneurysms:
People who are born with Marfan syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the connective tissue in the body, are particularly at risk of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Those with Marfan syndrome may have a weakness in the aortic wall that makes them more susceptible to aneurysm. Besides Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos, Loeys-Dietz and Turner syndromes, and other family-related disorders can cause an aortic aneurysm. Other medical conditions. Inflammatory conditions, such as giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis, may cause thoracic aortic aneurysms. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm/symptoms-causes/syc-20350188

Mayo Clinic's Department of Clinical Genomics provides access to the latest genomic testing techniques and is recognized for outstanding contributions to research in genetics and genomics. You can read more about the genetic testing program here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/genetic-testing/about/pac-20384827
If you’d like to make an appointment at Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices – you can also request an appointment online. The contact information for all 3 Mayo Clinic locations (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida) can be found here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

I’d like to bring in some members who may have experiences to share. Please meet @degarden_girl @laverne @crhp194 @rory @thegoodwife @ch246cf10 @debbydiane @maryswims @twocents @prward @anniejam @bryanfox @tj1778 @wittmack @elsinann @hopeful33250 @estanley2008 @yurkosolhan.

You may also be interested in reading and joining in these Connect discussions:
– Large ascending aorta in young healthy 45 year old woman http://mayocl.in/2gwDknX
– Ascending aorta dialation https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ascending-aorta-dialation/
– Congenital Heart Disease – What Patients Need to Know https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/webinar-topic-challenges-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease-what-the-patient-needs/

@annac3, may I ask if your doctor has listed any options for treating the aortic root aneurysm? Do you have any activity restrictions?

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@kanaazpereira

Hello @annac3,

Welcome to Connect. I’d like to offer some information about genetic conditions that may be the cause for aortic aneurysms:
People who are born with Marfan syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the connective tissue in the body, are particularly at risk of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Those with Marfan syndrome may have a weakness in the aortic wall that makes them more susceptible to aneurysm. Besides Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos, Loeys-Dietz and Turner syndromes, and other family-related disorders can cause an aortic aneurysm. Other medical conditions. Inflammatory conditions, such as giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis, may cause thoracic aortic aneurysms. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm/symptoms-causes/syc-20350188

Mayo Clinic's Department of Clinical Genomics provides access to the latest genomic testing techniques and is recognized for outstanding contributions to research in genetics and genomics. You can read more about the genetic testing program here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/genetic-testing/about/pac-20384827
If you’d like to make an appointment at Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices – you can also request an appointment online. The contact information for all 3 Mayo Clinic locations (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida) can be found here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

I’d like to bring in some members who may have experiences to share. Please meet @degarden_girl @laverne @crhp194 @rory @thegoodwife @ch246cf10 @debbydiane @maryswims @twocents @prward @anniejam @bryanfox @tj1778 @wittmack @elsinann @hopeful33250 @estanley2008 @yurkosolhan.

You may also be interested in reading and joining in these Connect discussions:
– Large ascending aorta in young healthy 45 year old woman http://mayocl.in/2gwDknX
– Ascending aorta dialation https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ascending-aorta-dialation/
– Congenital Heart Disease – What Patients Need to Know https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/webinar-topic-challenges-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease-what-the-patient-needs/

@annac3, may I ask if your doctor has listed any options for treating the aortic root aneurysm? Do you have any activity restrictions?

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No activity restrictions. I’m monitoring BP daily. Honestly not feeling very well-informed by my doctor. Follow up visit with him in February.

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