2017 Events

2017 – Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital – Aortic Dissection Awareness Day UK


Host: Mr Mark Field
Heart Research UK

On 19th September 2017 around 70 patients, relatives and healthcare professionals were welcomed to Liverpool by Jane Tomkinson, Chief Executive of Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital and her specialist Aortic team. At this meeting, Mr. Graham Cooper, now the NHS England lead for acute Aortic Dissection, committed the NHS to developing a Service Specification for Thoracic Aortic Dissection and Mrs Barbara Harpham, Director of Heart Research UK, came up with the idea that a poster should be displayed in every A&E department with the message ‘THINK AORTA’.  As a result, AD Awareness UK & Ireland set about pursuing these two initiatives.

Die another day: How to survive an Aortic Dissection

Gareth Owens, AD Survivor & Advocate for Aortic Dissection Awareness

The Heartache and the Madness

Stefan Paudler, Survivor of Aortic Dissection shares his story

Engagement with First Responders: Challenges and Solutions for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of AD

Miss Deborah Harrington

The Importance of Genetic Testing After Aortic Dissection

Dr Victoria McKay

Surgery for Aortic Dissection and the Need for Specialist Teams

Mr Mark Field

How to drive change and improvement in recognition and treatment of AD

Mr Graham Cooper

Research on Aortic Disease and how to get recognition of Aortic Dissection into routine practice

Professor Toru Suzuki

Training, Fellowships, Support Groups and Awareness … Recipe for Success

Mr Omar Nawaytou

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aortic Dissection Specialist

Nurse Jan Naybor

Aortic Masterclasses, Fellowships and Research – Heart Research UK

Helen Wilson

Q & A session

Mr Mark Field, Mr Graham Cooper, Mr Manoj Kuduvalli

Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland is the national patient charity for Aortic Dissection in the UK & Ireland.

Aortic Dissection Awareness Day UK is our flagship national event which happens every 19th September - see our Events page.

THINK AORTA is our life-saving global campaign to improve awareness, diagnosis and prevention of this lethal disease.


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