About 90 percent of people with Marfan syndrome will develop changes in their heart and blood vessels. In this Q&A, Lars Svensson, MD, PhD, answers five of the most common questions he hears from patients with Marfan syndrome.
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
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
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
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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
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