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Rock From The Heart Symposium and Concert Event February 25-26, 2022

Registration is OPEN for the 4th annual Rock from the Heart aortic health symposium in Minneapolis, MN on Feb 25, 2022:

↓ Reserve your seat here (select in person or virtual) ↓

A cocktail reception and dinner will follow the symposium. Select the DINNER add-on when you register


Dr. Benjamin A Youdelman,

Co-Director Maimonides Aortic Center

Dr. Youdelman is a cardiac surgeon who specializes in Endovascular and Aortic surgery, and performs all types of cardiac surgery. He is the Co-Director of The Maimonides Aortic Center in Brooklyn New York with the Chief of Vascular Surgery Dr. Robert Rhee. Together, they practice a coordinated approach to the entire aorta, the patient and family. Multidisciplinary meetings review all options for aortic surgery and the right operation, at the right time on the right patient ensures the best outcomes.

Dr. Youdelman and established Aortic Bridge , a support group in New York City for patients with aortic disease. He then joined with the national organization, Aortic Hope, which conducts monthly support groups meetings with patients all over the country. An annual evaluation of the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in the aortic community is conducted and reported to psychiatrists and surgeons for a better understanding on how to help patients with aortic disease to cope with the stress of the diagnosis.

THINK AORTA ,an International campaign to raise awareness about aortic disease, was brought to the United States through the efforts of Carin Andersen, the president of Aortic Hope, and Dr. Youdelman, who have worked together with others to establish this as a non-profit campaign in the United States. THINK AORTA US focuses on the final common pathway of all the syndromes, genes, and strong family histories; the aorta itself. Dr. Youdelman is helping THINK AORTA to expand into more countries and he believes it will save more lives of patients with aortic disease than anything we have ever known.

Dr. Youdelman completed his many years of training as a heart surgeon with a fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Endovascular and Aortic Surgery. He spends his very rare free time playing piano and guitar and hanging out with his wife and three kids in New Jersey.

Carin Andersen: Aortic Hope co-founder/president and Aortic dissection survivor

Carin Andersen is the Co-Founder/President of the globally recognized, post-diagnosis, patient advocacy group, Aortic Hope we well as the President of Think Aorta US.

After surviving a Type A and residual Type B dissection in January 2015, she realized there was something missing from the Aortic community. Aortic Hope specializes in providing support to patients and caregivers during their recovery and management with Aortic disease.

Carin was also instrumental in bringing the successful initiative THINK AORTA to the US from it's origin of the UK/Ireland. Think Aorta US is a non-profit organization and part of a global movement of countries working together towards a common goal of focusing on the final common pathway of all the syndromes, genes and strong family histories. Educating the medical community to THINK AORTA faster and the general population to initially disclose their family medical history, will create better diagnosis time and lessen mortality rates. Aortic Disease, it's more common than you think.

Carin holds her BA in Speech Communications from Towson University and over 30 years experience in human resources, including the recruitment of personnel for some of the countries finest organizations. She is the proud mother of a new cum laude graduate, wife of 8 years, daughter, sister and budding tik tok star. She has also competed in ballroom dancing and has a love for theater, especially Phantom of the Opera which she has seen 13 times.

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