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Course Description

Research continually expands the evidence base related to the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with aortic disease. In addition, new technologies and new devices are expanding our understanding of the causes and options for therapy available. These include improvements in medical, hybrid, endovascular, and conventional open surgical repair, which represent the current mainstay of treatment for aortic disease. The pace of acquiring new knowledge about these conditions makes it difficult for busy practitioners and surgeons to remain up to date in their clinical practice. This interdisciplinary case based activity will provide an in-depth review and analysis of current state-of-the-art practices in the management of patients with aortic disease. The program is designed to engage learners in debates, discussion, and clinical decision making to share best practices with expert faculty from some of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary aorta centers.

Learning Objectives

After completing this educational activity, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Summarize the evidence supporting the role of genetics and family history as it affects the risk of aortic disease.
  • Recognize symptoms of acute aortic disease and describe appropriate diagnostic testing and assessment.
  • Describe the optimal care of acute aortic disease though the continuum of care from emergency department to lifetime follow-up.
  • List the pros and cons of various imaging modalities for differentiating features of disease from other diagnoses.
  • Select appropriate management strategies for patients with chronic aortic disease.
  • Analyze the available options for the assessment and management of patients with acute aortic disease.

Target Audience

Cardiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, radiologists, internists, nurses, physician assistants and all healthcare professionals involved in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with aortic disease.

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