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Old 08-31-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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Enlarged Aortic Root

My almost 17 yo son had catheter ablation in 2008 for supraventricular tachycardia and it was noted his aortic root was on the large side, I think it was in range but large. Over the years (since about 2008) he has had a couple ECHOs to follow the aortic root issue. In the last ECHO this summer, it showed that the root had gotten proportionally larger for his size and weight. He got an MRI done, those results agreed with the ECHO. I think the measurement is 3.8 cm (out of range).

The pediatric cardiologist does not think he has Marfans. My 83 yo father also has an enlarged aortic root (not sure of size, it was diagnosed when he was 60).

My son takes ADHD stimulant meds which the doctor said could increase blood pressure and lead to the increased aortic root. In 8 of 10 office visits his blood pressure has been normal however.

My son is very active in athletics, HS cross country and track, basketball for fun and he enjoys working out and weightlifting. The doctor suggested doing fewer reps of lighter weights to put less pressure on the aortic root. It will take a while for my son to buy in to that. He was considering doing HS weightlifting this year also.

I'll contact his pediatrician to read the letter written by the ped card. and then proceed from there, I'll be conferirng with the pediatrician and the neurologist (who prescribes the ADD meds).

Any thoughts? Thanks!

Last edited by iheart; 08-31-2011 at 02:44 PM.

 
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