Risk factors for aortic conditions
The risk factors for aortic disease are both genetic and lifestyle-based. Conditions like non-atherosclerotic hypertension (high blood pressure) can be managed and reversed with diet and exercise and quitting smoking.
For patients who are on medication to help control blood pressure, it is critical that they continue to take their medications on a regular basis, as prescribed, to help reduce the risk of an aortic emergency.
Other risk factors are passed down genetically through generations, like bicuspid aortic valve or Marfan syndrome. The Center for Aortic Disease counsels families on whether they should pursue cardiogenetic testing to help reduce the risk of sudden death from aortic disease in other family members.
Risk factors for aortic conditions:
Patients with these risk factors may consider purchasing a blood pressure cuff for at-home monitoring and should continue to see their physician on a regular basis. At-risk patients should avoid lifting more than 50 pounds and may consider participating in family screening at the Center for Aortic Disease clinic to evaluate the potential risks for other family members.
To schedule an appointment at the Center for Aortic Disease, please call 410-328-4771.