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Patient care

Inside this area you will find all the useful information that aims to make your stay at Cardiocentro more comfortable.

Highlights
Specialties

With the synergy of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardioestestists, the Cardio Center can offers less invasive surgical techniques and the most up-to-date intervention procedures.

Cardiocentro

Managed by a no-profit foundation integrated into the cantonal healthcare service, Cardiocentro Ticino is a state-of-the-art, highly specialized university clinic in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardioestesthesia

Rare cardiovascular diseases

The Unit of Rare Diseases has been operating at Cardiocentro Ticino since 2015 and is particularly dedicated to thoracic aortic aneurysms and associated syndromes.

Rare cardiovascular diseases

The Unit of Rare Diseases has been operating at Cardiocentro Ticino since 2015 and is particularly dedicated to thoracic aortic aneurysms and associated syndromes.

Rare cardiovascular diseases

Dr. Susanna Grego
Dr.ssa med. Susanna Grego
CARDIOLOGIST


Marfan syndrome and related disorders

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that may be manifest in many ways, including generalised ligament laxity, possible crystalline lens dislocation, myopia, scoliosis, flat feet, deformation of the sternum, evident elongation of the limbs, hands and feet, and cardiac valve degeneration.

The most dangerous characteristic is, however, the onset of dilation of the aorta, which may even lead to rupture. The mutation responsible for the syndrome occurs in the FBN1 gene governing the formation of fibrillin-1, an essential component of the elastic fibres in connective tissues.

The likelihood of transmitting the mutation is 50% which means that, if one of the parents carries this mutation, there is a 50/50 chance that the child will inherit it. There are other aneurysmal conditions of the aorta which share characteristics with Marfan syndrome but which stem from different gene mutations.

In all these cases, early diagnosis is essential: when backed up with adequate pharmacological treatment or timely cardiac surgery, the life expectancy of patients with these disorders can be normal.

To offer patients in Italian Switzerland a programme for the prevention, diagnosis and quality treatment of this and related syndromes, Cardiocentro Ticino and its Heart Surgery Department have organised a special service, the first to provide patients in our area with a specialised service in Italian, expressly focused on these pathologies that have a serious impact on the cardiovascular system.


Aortic dissection: a day of study at Cardiocentro - presentation video
Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano
info@cardiocentro.org

Contacts and information

Cardiologist
Dr. Susanna Grego
Contact

Dr. Ph.D. Giulio Conte
Contact

Responsibles

Prof. Dr. Tiziano Moccetti
Chief  cardiology
Medical and Scientific Direction

Prof. Dr. Stefanos Demertzis
Chief cardiac surgery

Cardiosurgical Secretariat
Tel. +41 (0)91 805 31 44