Features September 2010 Issue

Help Get the Right Diagnosis for Fibromuscular Dysplasia

FMD is an often-misunderstood disease that can cause serious medical complications, such as aneurysms and other vascular damage.

Last year, Cleveland Clinic opened the Fibromuscular Dysplasia Clinic (the first of its kind in the U.S.) to help diagnose and treat patients with the condition, as well as help other physicians learn about the disease and explore better treatments and cures. Dysplasia means abnormal cell development or growth. "Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an uncommon vascular disorder that occurs most often in young and middle-aged women, but can also occur less commonly in men, children, and elderly women," says Heather Gornik, MD, a vascular specialist at Cleveland Clinic. "It causes aneurysms, narrowings and tears (dissections) of arteries of the body.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Heart Advisor

Get the next year of HEART ADVISOR for just $20. That's a savings of $19 off the regular rate.

With your paid subscription you will receive unlimited access to all of our online content. That is over a decade of previous issues from Cleveland Clinic, the hospital rated #1 in cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report - free of charge.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.