The Thoracic Aortic Disease (TAD) Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals who share a common mission of preventing premature deaths due to thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection.  With release of new Treatment Guidelines for Thoracic Aortic Disease released in March of 2010 from the American Heart Association (AHA), The American College of Cardiology (ACC), and other medical professional organizations, the Coalition is coordinating efforts to help promote the Guidelines to healthcare professionals and to raise public awareness of these aortic diseases and the associated risk factors.


The Coalition works collaboratively to achieve the following goals:

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The TAD Coalition encourages meaningful research into the causes and treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection, especially the genetic factors that can increase a person's risk.  For more information about research studies currently underway, please visit the individual websites for our Coalition Members.


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Do you have risk factors for thoracic aortic disease?  The TAD Coalition urges you to consider wearing an emergency alert bracelet or necklace to identify your risk to emergency service providers.  Non-profit services such as Medic-Alert  provide a variety of practical and fashionable styles to choose from.

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, in partnership with nine other professional medical organizations, have announced new Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Thoracic Aortic Disease. Healthcare professionals may request a free copy of the Pocket Guideline.

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Named for the late actor John Ritter who died of a thoracic aortic dissection, The Ritter Rules have been developed to help you understand your risk.

Ritter Rules featured on the CBS Early Show.

The TAD Coalition is funded by the financial and in-kind support of its members, and has received a generous unrestricted educational grant from W.L. Gore & Associates.


Thanks to W.L. Gore & Associates, healthcare professionals may request a free copy of the ACC/AHA Pocket Guideline.