Aortic Dissection can be a familial disease FTAAD

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day September 19

One out of five of you who have survived an aortic dissection who are reading this, probably carry the ACTA2 mutation encoded in the DNA of your cells.

”ACTA2 mutations are responsible for disease in approximately 20% of families with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (TAAD). In 2009 Dr. Milewicz, who directs the John Ritter Research Program, and her research group, identified ACTA2 as a gene that causes TAAD.” – News – John Ritter Research Program – March 18th 2015

If you have children, there is a possibility that they have inhereted this mutation from you.

Doing genetic testing, can show if you have this, or other mutations on genes that can cause aortic dissection for your children.

The mutation ACTA2 was found in Huston USA by Dr Mileswicz and her research team. Today, in 2015, this mutation is analysed in most countries with the genetic resources to find mutations…

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