An International Meeting on Aortic Aneurysms was organized in Liege - a medieval city in the heart of Europe - on September 19-20, 2008, and this book contains chapters written by experts in the field of aortic aneurysms and is based on that meeting. The meeting was put together to honour Professor Raymond Limet who is retiring after a long and distinguished career as a cardiovascular surgeon and clinician-scientist. As is shown in the chapters of this book, the past five decades have been marked by continued progress in the diagnosis, management and timing of surgical repair of aortic aneurysms. More recently, endovascular repair technique has been developed and has surpassed the open repair operations in many surgery units. More emphasis is now needed on preventive strategies in patients found to be at high risk by genetic and/or imaging techniques to develop aortic aneurysms. These efforts will focus on preventing rupture, and the growth of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. This book highlights that better understanding of the biological processes responsible for the mechanical failure of the main blood vessel in the body is needed to design pharmaceutical approaches to prevent the formation of aortic aneurysms and slow-down their growth. The ultimate goal should be to avoid surgery and be able to manage the disease with medical intervention.
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