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What are the implications of an ascending aorta?

Q: My chest x-ray indicates says that ascending aorta appears prominent and needs evaluation and clinical correction. What are the implications of the above? What is the future course of treatment and prevention to be undertaken by me?

A:With age there is unfolding of aorta, which may make the ascending or initial part of the aorta look prominent. There is nothing to worry about this. However sometimes there is dilatation of the aorta due to hypertension (high blood pressure) which can be ruled out by a simple Echo test or a CT scan.

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