At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:
1) diagnose patients with thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms
2) identify indications for surgery
3) understand the surgical techniques involved with treating thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms
Professional practice gap to be addressed: Aortic disease is underestimated too often partly because of the perceived high risk of surgery. Modern surgery techniques can be safe and effective, and utilized earlier.
Target audience: Physicians, mid-level providers, nurses