About eight percent (8%) of aortic dissection patients also have a Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV).
At the time of dissection, patients with a bicuspid valve were younger (about 47 years) compared to average age for dissection for all aortic dissection patients (63 years), with the entry tear more often located in the root compared with those with a tricuspid valve.
About five percent (5%) of aortic dissection patients has the connective tissue disorder Marfan Syndrome.
At the time of dissection, patients with Marfan Syndrome also were younger (median age about 37 years). Also in this group most of the dissections is located close to the aortic root.
Aortic dissection is not something that only happens older male persons. It can happen also to young women.
Aortic Dissection can be caused by trauma, drugabuse or as a result of a liftime of high bloodpressure (probably also combined with smoking), women with a defect on the aorta giving birth, or many other reasons.
Aortic Dissection can also be a familiar vascular disease.
Research done the last 10 years shows that more and more of the persons who is ill in AD, carries a genetic defect that can be passed on to the next generation.
Recent research overthrows the old knowledge that is is only patients with known connective tissue disorder. It can actually be anyone. With bodies of all shapes and sorts: short, long, thin or chubby.
To learn more about what causes aortic dissection, to get better information in the future, and to find way to avoid our coming generations dying in acute aortic dissection – research needs our support.
A way to support research – is to support the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF).
You can read more on aortic health and The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health.
February 14, is the next date when Team Ritter is doing a fundraiser for aortic awareness, now connected to the Los Angeles Maraton. We can all pitch in if we want. So far people have donated from 10 USD and up. Most of us can spare 10 USD easily.
So far Team Ritter has raised 4.455 USD in connection to LA Marathon February 14 to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as to raise funds to support education and research.
You can easily donate to the Ritter Foundation.