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BAV is Common
It is very likely that you know someone with BAV. It could even exist in your family or extended family without you knowing about it.
Contacting an Aortic Program Although at times it may seem overwhelming, when proper care and treatment are in place those with aortic disease are strongly encouraged to pursue an active, normal life. Medical and surgical advancements have conquered many of the barriers that in the past made thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection so formidable. Medicine can effectively control blood pressure and increase patient safety. Innovation over many years has resulted in the current ability to repair and replace heart valves, and options in treating valve disease continue to advance. Great ingenuity and skill have produced surgical solutions for each part of the thoracic aorta, and aortic surgeons continue to pursue new techniques. Today, this allows aortic and valve surgery to be performed with low risk in experienced centers, before there is a life-threatening emergency. The goal is that those with known BAV/TAD should never find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Early detection, treatment by aortic specialists, and ongoing care can make a tremendous difference. There are challenges, but there is also more hope and help than ever before. Treatment is not a destination. It is a life long journey, a series of steps that pro-actively seek the best possible outcome for you. With proactive care, the journey can be a long one, encompassing a normal, active life span. Along the way, there may be medical and surgical treatment, ongoing monitoring, and checkups. Although today there is no “cure” in the traditional sense, BAV/TAD can be treated expertly in experienced centers with long lasting results. There may be some important events along the way, such as surgery on the heart valves and/or aorta. But most of the journey consists of the daily routine of blood pressure monitoring and control while maintaining a healthy, active life style. Along with periodic aortic checkups, this is the foundation of treatment for all aortic disease, preferably both before and after surgery. Ideally, the treatment of BAV/TAD is a partnership, and you are a very important partner. Successfully living a normal, active life is the common goal of those with aortic disease and those who care for them. The best possible experience is an ongoing collaboration together.
BAV & TAD Programs

Generally you should be

able to arrange a

consultation at an aortic

treatment center by simply

contacting them.

When you contact an aortic disease center you should expect a prompt, compassionate response from someone who will guide you through the evaluation process there.
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