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When to Replace the Ascending Aorta?

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Basel Ramlawi ,

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, 6550 Fannin St., Suite 1401, Houston, TX 77030, US
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M.D., M.M.Sc.
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Stephen H. Little,

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Dipan Shah

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Abstract

Ascending aortic aneurysm, while usually detected incidentally, is a serious condition that requires close monitoring and timely surgical follow up. Management of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA) is optimally performed in a multidisciplinary manner that prevents or delays the need for surgical intervention. Patients with aneurysmal degeneration should be followed in a medical aortic clinic that manages all risk factors in an effort to delay or prevent the need for replacement of the ascending aorta. Symptoms, aortic size, growth rate, and genetic/familial factors are taken into account to develop a treatment plan specific to each patient that is in line with the most recent national guidelines. This article provides an evidence-based overview and key recommendations for intervention on the ascending aorta.

How to Cite: 1. Ramlawi B, Little SH, Shah D. When to Replace the Ascending Aorta?. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2011;7(3):39-42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcvj.286
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Published on 01 Jul 2011.
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