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 approach to care because multiple organ systems must be assessed and treated. About 90 percent of people with Marfan syndrome develop changes in their heart and blood vessels. The walls of the blood vessels become weak and dilate (stretch) and these blood vessel changes often affect the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When the walls of the aorta weaken or stretch, there is an increased risk of aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection or rupture (bursting).
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Take this opportunity to learn more about Marfan Syndrome and Aorta Disease, including diagnosis and treatments, and have your questions answered by Dr. Lars Svensson, Director of the Aorta Center and Marfan Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic.
Marfan and Aorta Disease Live Web Chat: Monday, October 31, 2011 – 12 Noon (ET)
Learn more and register for the Marfan and Aorta Disease live web chat. You can begin asking questions Sunday at noon. Questions will be answered Monday, October 31st at 12 noon (ET).