The Marfan Blog

Pregnancy and Marfan Syndrome: An Update from Melissa L. Russo, MD

May 8, 2017 by Dr. Melissa L. Russo

Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that has effects on the heart, blood vessels, ligaments and bones. The aorta is the main artery that brings blood from the heart and carries blood to the entire body. People with Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders can develop an aneurysm or dilation in the aorta; this can weaken the vessel wall and potentially can lead to a tear in the wall or a dissection. An aortic dissection can have catastrophic effects and it is the leading cause of death in individuals with Marfan syndrome. 

Q & A with Jan Lynch, MSN, RN: Director of Help & Resource Center

Apr 28, 2017 by Jan Lynch

Jan Lynch, MSN, RN, joined The Marfan Foundation staff in April as the Director of the Help & Resource Center. Through this blog post, we hope you get to know her a bit more and feel comfortable contacting her by phone or email with your medical questions and concerns.

Meet Your Gene:  An Introduction to the Marfan Gene and Current Research

Jan 10, 2017 by Roanne Weisman

Topics: Marfan Community, Diagnosis, Research, Living Successfully, Quality of Life

The Tale of Two Opposites: A Marfan Conundrum

Dec 1, 2016 by Latasha Doyle

Isaiah Austin, who was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome in 2014, left the NBA draft to better care for himself and the effects of his condition. But yesterday, November 30, 2016, Isaiah announced that he was beginning to pursue his dream once again.

Topics: How the Body is Affected, Marfan Community, Diagnosis, Living Successfully, Quality of Life

When it Feels Like Marfan is Winning

Nov 1, 2016 by Latasha Doyle

About six months ago, I made the decision to “retire” from my career as a full time nanny at the ripe old age of 27. I didn’t make that decision because it was time to move on, or because I was just so over being a nanny - quite the opposite in fact. I retired because my body could no longer keep up with the kids I cared for. I retired because Marfan syndrome wasn’t going to let me do the work I loved any longer.

Topics: Marfan Community, Living Successfully, Quality of Life