Donate to Thoracic Aortic Disease Research

The aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, delivers oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Thoracic aortic disease encompasses conditions related to the aorta including aortic aneurysms and dissections, atherosclerotic disease, infections and traumatic injuries. Aneurysms are the most common type of thoracic aortic disease with approximately 15,000 people affected in the United States each year. Specialists in the Thoracic Aortic Disease Program at Northwestern Medicine offer patients a comprehensive system of care to effectively diagnose and treat thoracic aortic disease. Through your donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, this team of physicians will be able to save countless lives through preventative education, advanced diagnostic testing and research-based treatments for thoracic aortic disease.

Aneurysms involve a bulging, weak area in the abdomen and chest and can be caused by lifestyle and congenital circumstances including:

  • An abnormal aortic valve
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Family history or genetics
  • Atherosclerosis (narrowing of an artery from fatty plaque buildup)
  • High blood pressure  

Thoracic aortic disease typically develops slowly and may not present any immediate symptoms. Chest pain, back pain, hoarseness, wheezing, difficulty swallowing and cough may be the first signs of disease. Symptoms such as sudden and severe chest pain, fainting, leg pain or numbness, shortness of breath and weakness may be signs of a more serious condition.

At Northwestern Medicine, a team of specialists collaborate to provide safe, leading-edge treatments for patients with thoracic aortic disease. A watchful waiting period may be suggested for patients with small aneurysms. During this time, physicians will keep a close eye on the condition through a CT scan or an MRI scan. Managing risk factors such as quitting smoking, losing weight, and eating a healthy diet may also be suggested as one of the first steps in treating an aneurysm. Medications are often used to control factors contributing to aneurysm progression such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Larger aneurysms may require surgical interventions like a thoracic aortic aneurysm open repair or an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The physicians on staff at Northwestern Medicine are constantly striving for more effective treatments to gain better long-term outcomes for each patient. You can play an integral role in this process with your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation.

Thoracic Aortic Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Many lives can be saved from thoracic aortic disease through patient education, advanced diagnostic testing procedures and leading-edge treatments. Physicians at The Thoracic Aortic Disease Program at Northwestern Medicine work as an integrated team to make this mission a reality. Many breakthroughs have been made in the area of thoracic aortic disease, but there is always more to learn. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will give physicians the fantastic opportunity to conduct clinical research and bring treatment options to the next level. Save lives with your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation.

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