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First-degree relatives of patients with bicuspid aortic valve should be screened
Date:6/10/2009

studying the genes."

Kirsten Tolstup, MD, assistant director of the Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, is available to discuss the study's findings and provide additional details.

This study, conducted among 54 patients with bicuspid aortic valve and 48 first-degree relatives of those patients as well as 45 matched controls found:

  • 32 percent of apparently healthy first-degree relatives have enlarged aortas
  • 53 percent of BAV patients had enlarged aortas
  • 9.4 percent of first-degree relatives had BAV

The findings suggest that patients with bicuspid aortic valve and their first-degree relatives should have a screening echocardiogram to be evaluated for dilated aorta and bicuspid aortic valve.


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