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Natural Treatment Strategies for Ascending Aortic Aneurysm

Have you been told that your aorta is enlarged? If so, you will want to read this article to learn the what, the why, and the how to manage this condition. 

I have seen over 35,000 patients, many of whom were diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm. Twenty years in practice gives you a good perspective on the best way to approach every cardiovascular condition. 

A Quick Anatomy Lesson

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body, extending from the heart to the abdomen, just below the umbilicus (belly-button). It gives off many branches to supply blood flow to the brain, arms, legs and all the vital organs. 

The beginning of the aorta is the called ascending aorta, followed by the transverse and descending sections. The normal size of the ascending aorta is 2-3 cm, depending on the size of the adult. A person who is 6’4”, 240 lbs. has a bigger aorta than someone much smaller. 

Use the guidelines that above 3 cm is abnormal, above 4 cm should be monitored at least annually, and 6 cm or above requires surgical intervention. Ascending aneurysm 6 cm and above have an annual risk of rupture around 4%. This is too high, and surgery is recommended. 

Ideally, monitoring of the aneurysm is done by echocardiography or non-contrast MRI. CT scanning is not recommended, when possible, to avoid radiation exposure, something that can further compromise the integrity of the aorta. 

Natural Treatment Tactics for Ascending Aortic Aneurysm

To prevent the progression of the aneurysm size, cardiologists recommend pharmaceuticals to control blood pressure and reduce the stress on the aorta. Other standard approaches include quitting tobacco and reaching an optimal weight. 

At Natural Heart Doctor, we utilize the methodology of Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well.. By following this method, we believe that the progression of the aneurysm can be reduced or even halted. For example, seafood and animal organs are superfoods that contain nutrients supporting the tissues of the aorta. Quality sleep and sunshine are also very important for this condition. Physical activity is necessary for everyone but needs some extra guidance for those with aortic aneurysms. And a positive mental attitude with stress reduction strategies supports aortic health. 

We also Test, Don’t Guess, performing the most advanced blood, urine, stool testing in the world to support your aorta. With advanced testing, we take a deep dive into why your aorta is enlarged, and tailor custom strategies to halt the progression. For example, test markers like vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, inflammation, and oxidative stress are all very important to assess, fix, then recheck. Environmental toxins, mold mycotoxins and metals must also be checked. 

Then we recommend evidence-based supplements and other biohacking strategies. Products that contain proline, lysine, vitamin C along with minerals such as copper, magnesium and more support aortic health. Detox products may be necessary for metals, mycotoxins, and environmental contaminants (think glyphosate). Biohacking tools for aneurysms include red light therapy, sauna, and more. 

Next Steps

I don’t think you should go at this alone. Ascending aortic aneurysm is a very serious condition that needs expert guidance. My suggestion is that we hop on a call to discuss how Natural Heart Doctor can help you live your best and longest life. 

Click here for more information on a 20 minute 2nd opinion call or phone our office at 480-535-6844 to hear more options. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a 20-minute phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $750.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.

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