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Aortic Calcification


  Wife recently had a chest film taken for a bout with pneumonia.  The
  physician diagnosed a condition of aortic calcification etc.  She is
  68 years of age and in fairly good health.  Is this calcification
  something of concern or just a passing observation
  The physician did not elaborate on the condition at her last
  appointment.
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Dear Harvey, thank you for your question.  Arteries typically calcify in older persons and the aorta is the largest artery in the body. Aortic calcifications do not specifically indicate a problem, but if your wife has symptoms of chest pain or shortness of breath with exertion, then she may also have blockages in the coronary arteries.  Calcium can also be deposited in the coronary arteries to contribute to blockages there.  Thus, if you wife is feeling fine, then there shouldn't be anything to worry about.  If not, then have her see her physician.
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