When basketball star Isaiah Austin stood in front of the crowd at June’s NBA draft, the moment had special meaning for people with genetic conditions.
People with Marfan syndrome tend to be very tall and have long, thin limbs. That doesn't sound so bad, but Marfan patients are also at high risk for deadly aortic tears. Early detection and diagnosis remains a challenge.
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About 90 percent of people with Marfan syndrome develop changes in their heart and blood vessels. When the walls of the aorta weaken or stretch, there is an increased risk of aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection or rupture (bursting).