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Repairing Your Aortic Root Aneurysms

Needing surgery to repair an aortic root aneurysm is a scary diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to be. The methods for fixing this type of bulge in the aorta just above the aortic valve are durable and safe, when performed by experienced surgeons. With modern techniques, you’ll be back in your normal routine in no … Read More

Are You Too Young to Have a Heart Attack?

When an older woman has a heart attack, it is almost always the result of coronary artery disease (CAD). But when a young woman has a heart attack, often no evidence of CAD is found. That’s because a common cause of heart attack in young women is spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. “The typical SCAD patient … Read More

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes?

Do you wonder why some smokers develop heart disease, but others don’t? Or how someone who thrives on burgers and fries can live to be 90, when a vegetarian has a heart attack at 40? The answer may be in the genes. And the fact is, we are only beginning to understand how they affect … Read More

What You Can Learn From Basketball Star Isaiah Austin

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. Sadly, the 20-year-old Austin was a ceremonial draft pick. The college standout from Baylor saw his life change during a pre-draft physical. That physical led to a diagnosis of Marfan … Read More

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Marfan Syndrome: Awareness Saves Lives

In the past, Marfan syndrome usually flew under the medical radar and was often diagnosed on the operating table after a life-threatening emergency. Increased awareness and greater understanding about Marfan syndrome has improved the odds for people who have this genetic defect that affects the connective tissue in the body. Still, more work needs to … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Marfan Syndrome and Aorta Disease

Register for Online Chat Ask questions and get answers about Marfan syndrome and aorta disease from Cleveland Clinic physicians during a live webchat Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at noon (ET). Marfan Syndrome and Aorta Disease Live Web Chat: noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on Oct. 8, 2012 Register Featured ExpertVidyasagar Kalahasti, MD Staff Cardiologist Section … Read More

Questions About Marfan Syndrome or Aorta Disease?

Marfan Syndrome is a condition that affects the connective tissue of the body and causes damage to the heart, aorta, and other parts of the body. It is caused by a gene defect and in most cases, the condition is inherited. This complex condition requires a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and a specialized and experienced … Read More