Marfan’s syndrome can cause particularly serious cardiac conditions when the tissue surrounding the heart and aorta is weak or not fully developed. This syndrome puts patients at a greater risk for developing an aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, and valve malformations.
If you or your child has Marfan’s syndrome, it is normal to feel frightened about the disease and its treatment process. At Yale Cardiac Surgery, we take the time to answer all your questions and concerns in detail so that you can feel more comfortable in understanding the syndrome and treatment options.
- Tall and slender build
- Disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers, and toes
- A protruding breast plate, either in or out
- A high-arched palate and crowded teeth
- Heart murmurs
- Curved spine
- Flat feet
If our surgeons believe that you or your child may have Marfan’s syndrome, they may perform one or both of the following tests:
Genetic testing: This is a clear way for our surgeons to test for Marfan’s syndrome. It is also the best way for relatives to be tested for the syndrome to see what the chances are of passing Marfan’s syndrome to a child.
Imaging tests: Our cardiac surgeons may recommend imaging tests to get a clear look at the heart and check for Marfan’s syndrome or the possibility of another cardiac condition.
We understand that the thought of undergoing heart surgery can feel overwhelming. Our surgeons will review your surgical plan, in detail, so that you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. You can rest assured that you will be cared for by top surgeons internationally renowned for their innovative treatment strategies.