Duke doctors are experts in managing aortic disease through the use of medications.
Antihypertensive drugs or beta blockers may help slow an aneurysm growth or prevent complications. There is also emerging evidence to suggest that the class of cholesterol medications known as statins may be beneficial in reducing the progression of aortic disease.
Especially for patients with the Marfan syndrome, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are showing promise in early studies for preventing aortic dilatation.
For young patients with the Marfan syndrome (those less than 25 years of age who meet study criteria), Duke is participating in an NIH-sponsored clinical trial examining the best medical treatment for slowing the progression of aortic root enlargement. Our medical staff will help you determine if this clinical trial is appropriate for your situation.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke heart specialist near you.
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