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Currently, there is no "cure" for aortic disease once there is degeneration of the tissue. Once present, regardless of the underlying cause, medical and surgical treatment options are available. Aortic surgery has advanced significantly, over a period of about three decades, saving many lives.
Thoracic Aortic Disease (TAD) - Medical Treatment Medical Treatment and Lifestyle Changes Currently, there is no medical "cure" for aortic disease once there is degeneration of the tissue. It is possible to reduce the risk of ever developing an aneurysm due to something that can be controlled, such as hypertension and smoking. The main medical treatment for the enlarged aorta is maintaining blood pressure at appropriate levels. According to the blood pressure classifications announced in 2003, normal blood pressure is below 120 systolic (top number), and at 120 pre-hypertension begins. This is meant for those with normal aortic tissue. For those with fragile aortic tissue, it is important to have a systolic blood pressure even lower than what is recommended for the general population.  The following kinds of blood pressure medications may be used:                                                                • beta blockers            • ARBs            • ACE inhibitors            • calcium channel blockers            • alpha blockers            • diuretics
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