No, the heart looked completely normal except the aortic root was dilated to 4.5. He has no symptoms. He is 47. His sister who died of dialated cardio myopathy last year at 52 had no symptoms. She was a cardiac care nurse for 20 years yet had no idea she had a heart problem.
Yes it was a echocardiogram, we asked the Doctor to do an Echo for the sole purpose of determining whether or not he had any heart issues like his Sister.
OK. Any dilatation of the aortic root is considered abnormal and not just from his size. He needs a cardiology consultation and this needs follow up over the next few years to see if it's expanding at all. Treatment at first is conservative with beta blocker medication and lifestyle changes--weight loss, no smoking, etc. Here's a link for you with more information.
Is the condition Dilated Cardio Myopathy related to Dialated Aortic Root ? Both my husband and his Sister were non-smokers, weight appropriate, and have/had no high blood pressure issues. Is it congenital? We just had our first child. Thank you
Are these conditions congenital? Should I have our two year old son evaluated by a cardiologist?
No--not congenital and there's no need for a cardiologist for your son.
No, we noticed she had a lot of anxiety, but she was always high strung, so that was not unusual. Two years prior to her death she was in a major car accident due to her suddenly passing out while driving. The cause of her black out was never determined. At that time she had chest xrays but nothing abnormal was mentioned. At the time of her death her heart size was 450 grams? She was 5'9
According to her docs she was fine, she was regulary under a doctors care for the past two years becuase she had to have surgery on her ankle and hip due to the car accident. She had surgery on her ankle 6 weeks prior to her death and died while she was recooperating at home. She was taking thyroid medication and medication for pain and anxiety, but the coronor said neither had anything to do with her death. There was no sign of blood clots or anything like that. Could it be that they cant tell what really happend because she was dead almost five days before they found her?