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Aortic Disease & Genetics

Genetic factors contribute significantly to the risk of developing an aortic aneurysm and/or dissection. In addition, individuals may have a hereditary (or genetic) predisposition to develop an aortic aneurysm/dissection. The Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center is committed to discovering genetic modifiers that contribute to aortic disease. Our team looks closely at how genetics can affect a person’s risk for thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. A review of your medical history, family history, and a comprehensive physical exam will be conducted at the time of your new consult appointment. The Aortic Center offers genetic counseling and testing at the time of your new consult appointment.

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. First- degree relatives (parents, siblings, and children) of a person who has or has had a thoracic aortic aneurysm and/or dissection have a higher chance to develop an aneurysm and should undergo aortic screening.

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The Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center provides every therapeutic advantage, from a highly skilled team, to advanced treatment approaches and state of the art facilities. Call us for a consultation or a second opinion at 855-735-5677 or email. For patients who live a long distance from Hoag, we are also available for virtual telehealth visits.‚Äč