"Takayasu's arteritis (also known as "Aortic arch syndrome," and "Pulseless disease") is an inflammatory disease with an unknown cause. It affects the aorta, the main blood vessel from the heart, as well as the blood vessels that attach to it. Although it has been reported worldwide, it is more common in young Asian women. Females are about 8-9 times more likely to get it than males. People usually get the disease between 15 and 30 years of age. In the Western world, atherosclerosis is a more frequent cause of obstruction of the aortic arch vessels than is Takayasu's arteritis."
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[QUESTION] 04/05/2010: Sherrie from Hb, Ca: "Hi,
my 11 yr old daughter was diagnosed with Takayasu Arteritis Aug 2009. I was told at that time she would need open heart surgery as it effected her heart. Her valve was regurgitating and aorta is dilated. She is on immuran, ammoxicillin (they think this was caused from high strep antibodies), baby aspirin from the DR.s and omega 3-6-9, calcium, vit D3, Vit C, Vit E, Vit B2-6-12 from me. Her valve is not regurgitatin as bad now and seems to not be a problem, but, her aorta is still dilated at 31 (was 33 in jan)...the cardiologist tells me it should be at 20 and theres a chance of it rupturing if it doesn't shrink. Is there any remedies you know of I can do to get this to shrink back to its original size? I am doing all the home remedies i know of and am very happy with the results so far. The aorta is a concern and will need surgery if it does not go back to its orginal size on its own. Thank you for any help. God Bless!"