Creating a Climate of Hope, an Atmosphere of Caring, and Information for All
BAV is Common
It is very likely that you
know someone with BAV.
It could even exist in your
family or extended family
without you knowing
Contacting an Aortic Program
Although at times it may seem overwhelming, when proper
care and treatment are in place those with aortic disease are
strongly encouraged to pursue an active, normal life.
Medical and surgical advancements have conquered many of
the barriers that in the past made thoracic aortic aneurysm
and dissection so formidable.
Medicine can effectively control blood pressure and increase
patient safety. Innovation over many years has resulted in
the current ability to repair and replace heart valves, and
options in treating valve disease continue to advance. Great
ingenuity and skill have produced surgical solutions for each
part of the thoracic aorta, and aortic surgeons continue to
pursue new techniques. Today, this allows aortic and valve
surgery to be performed with low risk in experienced centers,
before there is a life-threatening emergency.
The goal is that those with known BAV/TAD should never
find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Early detection, treatment by aortic specialists, and ongoing
care can make a tremendous difference. There are
challenges, but there is also more hope and help than ever
Treatment is not a destination. It is a life long journey, a
series of steps that pro-actively seek the best possible
outcome for you.
With proactive care, the journey can be a long one,
encompassing a normal, active life span. Along the way,
there may be medical and surgical treatment, ongoing
monitoring, and checkups. Although today there is no “cure”
in the traditional sense, BAV/TAD can be treated expertly in
experienced centers with long lasting results.
There may be some important events along the way, such as
surgery on the heart valves and/or aorta. But most of the
journey consists of the daily routine of blood pressure
monitoring and control while maintaining a healthy, active life
style. Along with periodic aortic checkups, this is the
foundation of treatment for all aortic disease, preferably both
before and after surgery.
Ideally, the treatment of BAV/TAD is a partnership, and you
are a very important partner.
Successfully living a normal, active life is the common goal of
those with aortic disease and those who care for them. The
best possible experience is an ongoing collaboration
BAV & TAD Programs
Generally you should be
able to arrange a
consultation at an aortic
treatment center by simply
When you contact an aortic
disease center you should
expect a prompt,
from someone who will
guide you through the
evaluation process there.