How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

Enlarges aortic root. Patients with marfan syndrome have tendency to develop aortic wall enlargemnt causing mainly aortic root aneurysms.This can lead to aortic valve insufficency and also aortic dissection which is a tear in the wall of the aorta.
Aorta Dilitation. Marfan's syndrome is a congenital abnormality which can lead to an abnormality in the lining of the aorta or problems with heart valves. The most common abnormality is a dilatation of the ascending aorta which can lead to an aneurysm as well a a backward leak of the aortic valve. An echocardiogram helps make the diagnosis. If the he problem is severe it can be corrected surgically.

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Hello im a marfan syndrome patient I wanted to know if my heart is good or not to become a pilot?

Maybe. Having Marfan syndrome by itself does not mean you cannot be a pilot, but having the condition does increase your risk of specific heart and aortic conditions , a few of which could be life-threatening without immediate medical assistance. A cardiologist (heart Doctor) can run some tests to help you determine your risk. . Read more...

How effective is heart valve repair for treating Marfan syndrome?

Effective. Cardiac surgery is effective for treating the cardiovascular effects of Marfans syndrome but need careful evaluation for proper timing of surgical intervention. Because Marfans is a degenerative tissue disease usually replacement rather than repair is indicated for long term success both in the cardiac and vascular system. Read more...

Can you have marfan's syndrome and not have any heart problems?

Maybe when younger. The connective tissues that help maintain the shape and structure of the aorta and the heart valves weakens over time. Early in the disease, the aorta and valves may be normal in appearance, with heart problems showing up later as the structures deteriorate. Read more...
Yes, but be careful! Marfan syndrome can lead to very dangerous enlargement of the aorta (aneurysm) and leaky heart valves. Patients with marfan need regular followup with a cardiologist! Read more...

I have the syndrome of Marfan and im not allowed to lift weights or to stress my heart, is there a list of things I can do to keep my body in top shape?

Depends. In general, moderate cardiovascular exercise is good for your heart. But please discuss this with your cardiologist before starting a specific exercise program. Someone would need to know the specifics of your heart disease (precise amount of root dilation, ventricular and valve function) before being able to provide safe recommendations. Read more...

Can you die from hypermobility syndrome like people die of heart valve problems with marfan's?

Hypermobility. The term "hypermobility syndrome" is usually used to refer to persons who have excessive mobility of their joints (eg., can bend their thumbs all the way back to touch their forearm, etc.) while it may be associated with increased achiness, it does not do any serious harm. Marfan's disease is a specific genetic condition which features both hypermobility and a separate heart valve abnormality. Read more...