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Coronary Artery Ectasia Are Frequently Observed in Patients With Bicuspid Aortic Valves With and Without Dilatation of the Ascending Aorta

Meindl, Christine ; Achatz, Birgit ; Huber, Deborah ; Baessler, Andrea ; Hubauer, Ute ; Meisinger, Christa ; Hengstenberg, Christian ; Erdmann, Jeanette ; Buchner, Stefan ; Maier, Lars ; Schunkert, Heribert ; Debl, Kurt ; Fischer, Marcus


Background-The presence of coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is influenced by genetic factors and related to the presence of aneurysms in other vascular beds. Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is frequently accompanied by ascending aortic aneurysm. Because the aortic valve and the proximal parts of the coronary arteries share a common embryonic origin, we hypothesized that CAE is associated with ...


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