Creating a Climate of Hope, an Atmosphere of Caring, and Information for All
Coping with BAV and TAD is a Balance
Finding accurate information and expertise in aortic disease treatment is the
beginning of moving from paralyzing fear to courage, from shock to strength.
Knowing where you stand removes uncertainty, and hope and assurance come
from being under expert care.
Coping with aortic disease is a balance between:
knowing and doing what is necessary for your safety, but not letting
fear dominate you.
seeking and participating in the best possible treatment, while
continuing to pursue a normal life.
understanding its seriousness, while still approaching life with
How does someone cope with having
aortic disease? How do those who
love them handle it? Some may have
already lost a loved one to aortic
dissection, rupture, or a valve-related
complication. How can they face this
disease again in themselves or
someone else? Confusion, fear and
shock are very normal reactions.
At best, this is difficult.
At worst, it is devastating.
It is important to know
there is hope.
An important goal is to find BAV and
TAD early, when it can be treated
pro-actively, decreasing the number
of life-threatening emergencies.
Chuck & Cheri’s Story