Prediction of aortic dissection or rupture of the thoracic aortic aneurysm is a challenge, and more accurate identification of high-risk patients and timing of repair surgery are required. A new collaborative study by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital indicates that magnetic resonance imaging-derived wall shear stress values predict pathological changes in the aortic wall in patients with ascending aortic dilatation. The findings could be used for the identification of high-risk patients in the future. In ascending aortic dilatation, the aorta progressively dilates due to the weakening of the aortic wall structure leading to the formation of an

Ascending aortic dilatation: Identification of high-risk patients as seen on The Hippocratic Post.