What is it about?

The ESC guidelines describe the diagnosis and treatment of the whole aorta not excluding the abdominal aorta. A great part was used to describe the different imaging techniques. For patients with acute aortic syndrome - aortic dissection, intramural haematoma, penetrating aortic ulcer, traumatic or iatrogenic aortic trauma - a flow chart help for decision maikung. Aortic aneurysm, genetic and heritable diseases as well as inlammatory and tumour are well described.

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Why is it important?

The guidelines present excellent tables of recommendations for imaging and treartment, not only for surgery but also for interventional therapy. Clear cut thresholds for the thoracic and abdominal aorta are given which help the physician to guide a patient with aneurysm formation. Aortic diameters of 5.5 cm for the thoracic as well as for the abdominal aorta are recommended except for patients with risk factors of heritable diseases.

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This page is a summary of: 2014 ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases, European Heart Journal, August 2014, European Society of Cardiology,
DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehu281.
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