Thanks to a cousin’s warning that thoracic aortic disease ran in their family, Houstonian Pat Arthur discovered that he carried a genetic defect that could cause his aorta to dissect and rupture with little or no warning. He also learned that this particular defect resulted in an aggressive form of the disease and the growing aneurysm spotted with a scan needed to be surgically corrected sooner than later.
It was life-saving information.
Now a new clinic devoted to integrated care for aortic disease is able to merge personalized genetic information with clinical care at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (more…)
The John Ritter Research Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Aortic Disease Clinic as a collaborative partnership with UT Physicians Cardiology, Medical Genetics, and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. The clinic’s mission is to provide expert risk assessment, personalized management and integrated clinical care for individuals and families with aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, along with other vascular diseases and cardiac valve abnormalities.
The clinic, which opened on February 22, 2012, focuses on patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, congenital vascular disorders including bicuspid aortic valve, and other congenital vasculopathies. The clinic offers long-term cardiology follow-up for patients with imaging surveillance, same-day interpretation of echocardiograms, and timely referrals for surgery or medical genetics evaluation and genetic counseling as appropriate.
Appointments can be made by calling (832) 325-7211.