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I had an echocardia exam and it was found that my aorta has

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I had an echocardia exam and it was found that my aorta has dilated to 3.8cm. It is paining me and yet I have not been given any drugs and no final word as to the way forward. I am 55 years now.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

3.8 cm dilatation is considered a very mild dilatation of the aorta.

However this needs to be monitored with echocardiogram every year.

Most importantly your blood pressure should be controlled well to prevent any further dilatation.

Blood pressure should be around 120/80.

Cholesterol also should be lowered with statins.

LDL level should be below 100 mg/dl.

In case of chest pains, vasodilators like nitrate may be used as well.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dr Basu,
Thank you for your quick and reasonable explanation. But how do I get the vasodilators without prescription?
can you help?

All these medications need prescription.

Your GP or a cardiologist should prescribe these medications.

There is no over the counter alternative.

However, you can try fish oil supplements daily.