Cardiovascular Report Spring 2009
Articles in this Issue
For patients with aortic aneurysms, surgery preserves aortic rood and quality of life.
Cardiologist Theodore Abraham has seen his share of young patients with HCM. The inherited condition, which causes thickening of the heart’s wall muscle, is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under age 30.
Among the challenges of thoracic outlet syndrome is getting it properly diagnosed.
Inherited Cardiac Disease
Ten years ago, a diagnosis of cardiac amyloid was a near-certain death sentence, its perpetrator often the rogue misfolding of certain proteins that cause organ failure. Since then, says cardiologist Dan Judge, most efforts have been focused on identifying the type of amyloid in order to make better treatment decisions.
Researchers Aravinda Chakravarti and Dan Arking have found 10 genes that raise the risk of sudden cardiac death.
Mary Ann Ayd, managing editor