What is the significance of a thickened aortic root and aortic leaflets?

I recently had an echocardiogram due to tachycardia. It showed a thickened aortic root, minimally thickened aortic leaflets without any abnormality by Doppler, dilated left atrium, normal left ventricular function, and diastolic dysfunction. What does that mean?

Submitted by Kim from Pennsylvania

by Atasu Nayak, MD 

Thickened aortic root and aortic leaflets are seen in old age. I do not know your age. Diastolic dysfunction means your heart contraction is normal, but relaxation is slow. That is found in many conditions including elderly people. Please follow up with your cardiologist about these findings.