What is a Mildly Tortuous Aorta?

Q:
What is a mildly tortuous aorta?

A:
Located at the top of the heart, the aorta is the main and largest artery of the circulatory system, carrying blood out of the heart and carrying oxygenated blood throughout the body.

When it comes to tortuous aorta , it means that the aorta is abnormal physically in structure. In people with tortuous aorta, the vessel, instead of following a relatively straight path, may be twisted or distorted.

Causes

Some people may have congenital tortuosity. Or else, high blood pressure, normal aging and by some types of diseases such as diabetes are also common causes.

Symptoms

  • Muscle fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blood flow blockages

Treatment

Surgery is the most frequently used treatment method for tortuous aorta. When the patient is diagnosed with the disease as a newborn, the surgery can be done right away.

Another method to treat tortuous aorta is balloon angioplasty. By placing a catheter into the artery, threading a balloon inside it and inflating the balloon, the blood flow through the dilated artery will become easier.

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