Dilated Aortic Root Progression: A Concern for Desmond?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: August 18, 2022

I recently jumped on a Zoom with Desmond, a 33-year-old patient from Ireland who was just diagnosed with a dilated aortic root. Given the life-threatening concerns of aortic aneurysms, Desmond had several important questions. One of those questions was, “Will my dilated aortic root progress to need surgery?”

 

Dr. Luis Castro & DesmondDr. Luis Castro & Desmond

 

To provide Desmond an expert opinion, I was very lucky to interview Dr. Luis Castro, the Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California, about this very sensitive topic. As you may know, Dr. Castro is a long-time supporter of this website who has successfully treated over 190 heart valve patients from our community. Here is Dr. Castro’s response to Desmond’s question:
 

 
Many thanks to Desmond for his question and many thanks to Dr. Luis Castro for sharing his clinical insights and research with our patient community. I would also like to thank the entire Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital team for taking such wonderful care of heart valve patients!

Keep on tickin!
Adam


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick, Heart Valve Patient Advocate

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

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