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A common misconception among physicians is that aortic disease is rare... Another misconception is that little can be done about aortic aneurysms. The reality is that improvements in diagnostic-scanning methods introduced since the 1980s, and greater experience with aortic surgery, have vastly enhanced the ability to detect and repair aneurysms.
Behind these misconceptions is an anomaly in the medical profession's structure: There is no medical specialty devoted to treating or educating others about the aorta. Aortic disease "falls squarely between about four different specialties," says Eric Isselbacher, a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School. "There's an education gap among physicians…
Aortic disease "falls squarely between about four different specialties," says Eric Isselbacher, a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School. "There's an education gap among physicians about aortic disease, and this gap isn't small. It's huge."
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Treatment depends on the size and location of your aneurysm and your overall health. Aortic aneurysms in the upper chest (the ascending aorta) are usually operated on right away. Aneurysms in the lower chest or the area below your stomach (the descending thoracic and abdominal parts of the aorta) may not be as life threatening.
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