Today is Genetic Sunday and Aortic Disease Awareness Month with Aortic Hope! John Ritter Research Program explains Genetics 101 and the risk factors for Aortic Disease: 💜 Genetics 101 Genes are the basic physical and functional units of heredity. Genes are made up of DNA and act as instructions for our body to grow and develop properly. The Human Genome Project has estimated that humans have between 20,000-25,000 genes. Genes are stored in packages called chromosomes. 💜 Genetic Syndromes Genetic syndromes are genetic diseases that affect more than one system, and some of these syndromes increase the risk for thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Disorders that confer this increased risk for TAAD include: -Marfan Syndrome -Loeys-Dietz Syndrome -Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome -Turner Syndrome For additional information, please visit HERE.