Do we need an Aortic Dissection Awareness Day

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day September 19

”Oh please, isn’t there enough days in a year already? Do we actually need another awareness day?”

Look at the photo enclosed. Three persons are highlighted. A young girl and two men of various ages. All look healthy. None of the show any sign of being ill. None of them have pains and all of them would say – “I am fine” if asked today.

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But they all carry a potential risk of getting acute ill in aortic dissection.

The young girl has a familiar version by a mutation in her ACTA2 gene in her DNA, the young man has a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and his aorta is actually dilated to over 55 mm and the older man has an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) closing up to 60 mm, but does not know of this.

When they come in to the ER, they are met by doctors who will…

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