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CARDIAC SURGERY

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People with Marfan syndrome frequently have problems with their heart and blood vessels. Sometimes, these problems are very serious. The most common complication affects the aorta (the main blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body). Heart valves may be affected as well. Less often, blood vessels other than the aorta are affected. Usually, heart surgery is needed, but through early diagnosis, effective management, and ongoing monitoring, surgery can be planned, rather than performed as an emergency. A planned operation has a lower risk than an emergency surgery, which can be life-threatening.

  • What are the common types of cardiac surgery to repair the aortic root?

  • What are the common types of cardiac surgery for people with Marfan syndrome?

  • What are the disadvantages and advantages for each surgery?

Find these answers and more in the "Cardiac Surgery" download.