Hoag Focuses on Thoracic Aortic Disease Awareness

February is Heart Awareness Month. But we at Hoag have often puzzled at the term “Heart Awareness.”

We are all aware of our hearts. We are aware of the fact that heart disease is the number one killer in America. What too many of us are not aware of is how to prevent heart disease, how to recognize risk factors and what we can do together as a community to decrease incidents of disease and improve our well-being.

The Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag is the region’s top-rated cardiovascular center, renowned for its comprehensive medical team and dedication to providing the highest quality care and services. As part of our mission, we partner with the community to provide the best and latest education about heart health.

Our community education classes and early detection screenings can help you determine whether you have an elevated risk for heart disease and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

“Education is one of the most important tools to fighting heart disease,” said Anthony Caffarelli, M.D., director of Hoag’s Aortic Center and Hoag Cardiovascular Surgery. “The more you understand about your risk, the better you can work to prevent it or treat it early.”

This month, Hoag is particularly focused on educating the public about thoracic aortic aneurysms, a silent, slow-growing disease that shows no symptoms yet kills 45,000 each year.

Risk factors include:

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • A bicuspid aortic valve
  • Early aortic valve surgery (under the age 70)
  • Certain genetic conditions or connective tissue disorders
  • A parent, sibling, or child who has a thoracic aortic aneurysm or who has experienced a dissection, rupture or unexplained sudden death
  • Trauma to the aorta (such as from a car accident)
  • Smoking
  • Inflammatory processes

For more information, call 888-329-5759.