How is TAA treated?
Early diagnosis can result in early intervention and dramatic improvements. If an aneurysm or dissection is suspected, an ultrasound scan of the heart (echocardiogram) is usually performed. Other scans such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be performed to determine the exact position and size of an aortic aneurysm. The treatment of an aortic aneurysm depends upon the severity of the aneurysm or dissection and may include medical management (medication) or surgery.
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease
Click here to access a copy of the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
The Guidelines document was published in 2010 by the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Radiology, American Stroke Association, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Interventional Radiology, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Society for Vascular Medicine.