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Marfan Syndrome & Cardiac Complications (audio)

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The number of undiagnosed individuals with Marfan syndrome in the United States is estimated to be in the tens of thousands. The average life expectancy for an undiagnosed individual with the condition is approximately 40 years of age. Cardiovascular complications are the main cause of death.

In this webcast, S. Chris Malaisrie, MD, will discuss the two main cardiac problems: the need for valve repair or replacement and the need for aortic aneurysm replacement. Learn how early diagnosis, medical management and surgery can prevent an aortic rupture and extend the lifespan of these individuals to approximately 70 years of age.

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S. Chris Malaisrie, MD is co-director of the Marfan syndrome and Related Disorders Clinic and co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery program at the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at the  Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute  of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Recorded 7/28/2009

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011