AHA/ACC Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease (2010)

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Commentary by Reed E. Pyeritz, MD, PhD

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The material in this section is based on Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease,spearheaded by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and released in March 2010.

The Guidelines reflect the deeper understanding that has been gained about the genetic underpinnings of thoracic aortic disease and rapid advances in noninvasive imaging, medical therapy, and surgical techniques. Topics covered in this section include:

New feature: interactive pathways

Three of the key pathways in the Guidelines for acute aortic dissection (AoD) management and surgical intervention are now available here in an interactive format, enabling you to see at-a-glance the decision points and recommendations while providing links to more in-depth information.

The Interactive Pathways may be found here.

A note about guidelines methodology

The recommendations in the Guidelines reflect a consensus after a thorough review of the available scientific evidence. The Writing Committee reviewed and ranked evidence supporting the recommendations, with the weight of evidence ranked Level A through Level C. For more details about the Committee’s classification of recommendations and level of evidence, click here.

1 Hiratzka LF, Bakris GL, Beckman JA, et al. 2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease: Executive Summary. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010;55(14):1509-1544. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.02.010.