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Thoracic Aortic Disease

A thoracic aortic disease which can develop slowly and sometimes without warning involves diseases of the Aorta, the bodies largest artery. The aorta takes the oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Thoracic aortic disease includes aortic aneurysms, atherosclerosis, infections, dissections, and traumatic injury.

Risk factor

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Plaque build up (atherosclerosis)
  • Genetics
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Traumatic injury


  • Sharp, sudden pain
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Pain in chest

How is this Diagnosed?

Generally diagnosed through ultrasound and x-ray of the thoracic region. Also, often discovered during routine medical testing for unrelated medical issues.

Treatment for Thoracic Aortic Disease

Your doctor may recommend monitoring the condition through regular appointments, as well as medications to help reduce the risk of complications.

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