My son is 10 years old and was born with a BAV with regurgitation and Stenosis, and in the last few years he was told he has mild dilatation of the ascening Aorta He has been doing really well with no significant progression in the last year. We were wondering if he would be OK to go on roller coasters? It always says if you have any heart or blood pressure issues to not go on those rides. IS that a concern with his particular medical condition? He only has the restriction of no isometric exercises or contact sports.
Thanks for your time
A roller coaster, while fun, may not be the best thing in which he participates. Roller coasters cause an isometric response of straining, which acutely increases the blood pressure. We don't know if brief episodes like this can worsen the aortic insufficiency and/or the aortic dilation. However, we do know that it is isometric, and is certainly avoidable. We know that the valve and the tissue in the aorta are abnormal, and are susceptible to abnormal responses to higher blood pressures. This isn't the typical cardiac concern to which the signs at these parks are referring, but it's still probably applicable.
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