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It's Topic Tuesday!

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

It is common practice that if someone experiences a Type A Aortic Dissection, they are more than likely going to have surgery however, the same has not always been true for those who have had a TBAD (Type B Aortic Dissection).

In ScienceDirect, an article written by Drs Rami Tadros, Gilbert Tang, Jason Kovacic, Peter Faries, Jeffery Olin, Michael Marin, David Adams and students Hannah Barnes and Idine Mousavi, titled Type B Aortic Dissection: JACC Review Topic of the Week, the following is discussed in greater detail:

Historically, the gold standard for treating acute uncomplicated type B aortic dissection (TBAD) has been aggressive medical therapy to achieve optimal heart rate and blood pressure control. However, recent data have demonstrated that a significant proportion of patients with medically managed acute uncomplicated TBAD have late aorta-related complications, such as aneurysmal degeneration, that increase mortality and often necessitate surgical intervention. In this review, the authors review existing literature on uncomplicated TBAD and highlight contemporary surgical and medical strategies to manage this condition. Looking ahead, efforts are underway to identify and characterize a high-risk subgroup of acute uncomplicated TBAD patients who may benefit from early intervention.

Check out this article for detailed information.

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