The goals of this overview on heritable thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (shortened in this GeneReview to heritable thoracic aortic disease [HTAD]) are the following.
Goal 1: Define the clinical characteristics of thoracic aortic disease.
Goal 2: Review the causes of HTAD.
Goal 3: Provide a strategy for evaluation and genetic risk assessment for HTAD in a proband.
Goal 4: Inform genetic counseling and risk assessment in family members of a proband with HTAD.
Goal 5: Review management recommendations for individuals with HTAD.
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