Diseases of the thoracic aorta are serious conditions that require close observations. Impressive advances in imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography sacs, and transesophageal echocardiography have aided diagnosis and provided insights into the pathogenesis and natural history of thoracic aortic aneurysms, dissection, and atherosclerosis. The current review highlights the etiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of these disorders and focuses on the diagnostic approach and suggested medical therapies in the current era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-715
Number of pages19
JournalCardiology Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


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