What to Expect at Airport Security with a Defibrillator

Advance planning and clear communication can make the exchange go more smoothly for travelers with the implanted medical device. Several years ago, Lisa Mulcrone had the opportunity to take an eight-week trip around the world — a trek that included stops in Brazil, China, Costa Rica and India. But she worried about navigating foreign airports …

Lifesaving Facts About Aortic Dissection

Genetics is one of the biggest risks for aortic dissection. Learn the importance of knowing your family history and other contributing factors. Aortic dissection occurs when weakened layers of the aorta — the body’s main artery — pull apart or tear, trapping blood between layers. This further weakens the aorta and may cause it to rupture. …

What Mothers and Younger Women Should Know About SCAD

One woman had never heard of spontaneous coronary artery dissection until it triggered her cardiac arrest. Now, she wants her peers to be informed. What began as a fun day on the ski slopes in 2013 became a life-threatening experience for Courtney Reid Alexander. Today, she’s spreading the word about spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or …

Aortic Disease Proves No Match for a Mother’s Love

After learning she had an aortic aneurysm and dissection, a mother-to-be faced big risks. Michigan Medicine doctors worked together to keep mom and baby safe. Last November was the start of a happy time after Monique Lowes learned she was pregnant with her first child. She had struggled for years to conceive and was thrilled …