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Aortic Disease & Genetics

Hoag’s Aortic Center also looks closely at how genetics could affect a person’s risk for aortic aneurysm. The Center offers genetic counseling and testing, through a certified genetic counselor and a board-certified Geneticist, Valentina Dalili-Shoaie, M.D.

“We know that genetics is an important predisposing risk factor for the development of aortic aneurysms, so by looking at potential genetic susceptibility, we can better risk stratify patients and their family members who may need a management plan,” said Valentina Dalili-Shoaie, M.D. Dr. Dalilli is a Medical Geneticist with a background in Internal Medicine who serves as the Medical Director of Genetics for Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

Certain genetic syndromes that affect connective tissue, including Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome vascular type and Turner syndrome, can greatly increase the risk of developing an aortic aneurysm. Some individuals may have a predisposition to develop an aortic aneurysm and/or dissection even without having one of the genetic syndromes.

For additional information on risks, signs and symptoms, feel free to visit community resource The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health.

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