Marfan Syndrome and Other Connective Tissue Diseases
What is it?
Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue throughout the body. A significant percentage of people with this syndrome develop changes in their blood vessels and heart. The aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body, weakens and stretches, causing an increased risk of tear (aortic dissection) or rupture (bursting), which can be fatal. Additionally, the valves in the heart can stretch causing blood to leak backward; this can result in increased work load on the heart and possible heart failure. Cardiac surgery may be necessary to repair faulty heart valves or prevent the aorta from bursting.
The Loyola difference
These complex disorders of connective tissue require treatment at a medical center such as Loyola, which has a combination of clinical expertise and technology to produce a good outcomes for patients.
Loyola is a nationally recognized leader in cardiac care. U.S. News & World Report ranked us 18th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in 2012, making this our 10th year in the top 50.
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