Why a Sports Physical May Trigger a Doctor to Think About a Rare Diagnosis

February 16, 2018

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. Though people with the disease can look long and lean and ideal for certain sports, strenuous activity can be dangerous because the disease can cause enlargement of the aorta and lead to sudden death under extreme exertion. For Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month we spoke to Alan Braverman, professor of medicine at Washington University, cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a member the professional advisory board and board of directors of The Marfan Foundation, about the disease, how it’s diagnosed, and what patients with the condition can do to lead a long and healthy life.


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