Patient Stories

Aortic emergencies are life-threatening situations and require immediate medical attention. These fortunate patients were treated in time at the Center for Aortic Disease and share valuable information for other patients and families with a history of aortic conditions.

Ashley Fisher, a Baltimore lawyer, considers cardiogenetic testing a gift she can give her children after she was diagnosed with a heard condition that can lead to congestive heart failure and sudden death. Read about Ashley.

Anne King, an avid runner, was devastated to learn she had an aortic aneurysm caused by a congenital heart defect. She underwent successful surgery to repair her aorta and was able to compete in the Baltimore marathon. Read her story

Carl Adams was flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center after being diagnosed with an aortic dissection, a potentially life-threatening condition in which a tear causes bleeding in the inner wall of the aorta. After arriving at the Medical Center, Carl went into renal failure. Dr. Robert Crawford performed a thoracic stent graft and renal stents and six months later, Carl was given a clean bill of health. In this video, Carl and his fiance Suzanne Good talk about their experiences here and how thankful they are to Dr. Crawford and the entire vascular surgery team for saving his life. Watch video.

Mike Bryant had an aortic aneurysm that was being monitored by his cardiologist. For five years he was screened regularly to keep an eye on it, but it kept growing in size. His cardiologist then sent him to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

After another scan, Mike was told he would need surgery to repair the aneurysm. Since the operation, Mike has received a clean bill of health and is now back at work. In this video Mike, a deaf patient, uses sign language to tell his story and express how thankful he is for the care he received.

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