Aortic Top 10 Priorities (priority setting in association with the JLA)

A final workshop was held 13th April 2021 and brought together patients and healthcare professionals to jointly agree a priority list for vascular aortic research.

  1. What is the optimal management of patients with aortic aneurysm disease using individualised risk benefit ratios?
  2. What causes aneurysms to grow and/or rupture?
  3. Can we develop a test that could diagnose patients at risk of aortic aneurysm/dissection?
  4. How do surgeons decide which treatment is best for aneurysms and are these decisions based on the latest evidence available?
  5. What is the optimum medical therapy for patients with AAA to minimise expansion / rupture?
  6. What causes an aneurysm or is associated with aneurysm formation and how can we prevent one developing?
  7. What is the best way to monitor people after treatments to repair aneurysms to make sure they don't develop problems with their repair?
  8. How do we make aneurysm surgery safer and reduce the risk of complications?
  9. How do we reduce the time it takes to recover from aortic operations?
  10. Should siblings be screened for AAA when there is a family history of aneurysm?