Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients With Thoracic Aortic Disease

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Read the Editorial Response by Reed Pyeritz, MD, PhD

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ACC/AHA Pocket Guideline

A free copy of the ACC/AHA Pocket Guideline based on the 2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Thoracic Aortic Disease is available free from the TAD Coalition.  [Click here to request a free copy]



Ritter Rules
Ritter Rules are life-saving reminders to recognize, treat and prevent thoracic aortic dissection, a deadly tear in the large artery that carries blood away from the heart. Named for actor John Ritter, who died of a thoracic aortic dissection, Ritter Rules combine knowledge with action. Know the urgency, symptoms, who is most at risk and which imaging tests are required to diagnose this medical emergency. [Ritter Rules PDF]

Pulitzer Prize-winning Series on Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection
Kevin Helliker and Thomas M. Burton, reporters at The Wall Street Journal, were awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for uncovering and explaining the surprising prevalence of aneurysms. The entire series can be accessed on The Wall Street Journal Online.

"Aortic Dissection at Any Age: The Tyler Kahle Story"
Nebraska Methodist Health System is working to raise awareness and help health care providers understand and act on the knowledge that aortic dissection can occur at any age. The video “Aortic Dissection at Any Age: The Tyler Kahle Story,” produced with the help of Tyler's family, offers lifesaving information for medical professionals and the general public.

"Emergency Diagnosis and Treatment of Aortic Dissection"
The NMF, in partnership with the New York State Department of Health, has created a comprehensive set of resources for emergency healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, EMS/EMT, and hospital risk managers.  The cornerstone of this kit is a CME accredited video/DVD "Emergency Diagnosis and Treatment of Aortic Dissection."  Available free to qualified healthcare professionals on the NMF website (select Toolkit/resources under the Healthcare Professionals tab).

Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Aortic Dissection Toolkit
IHC has created a toolkit to increase provider awareness and education of aortic dissection, and to provide a tool to assess familial risk for aortic dissection.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Network C.A.R.E.S. Inc Poster

Poster created to encourage awareness of vEDS, features photos of affected young people and list of common physical features of vEDS.

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.