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Thanks to you, and people like you, the Heart & Stroke Lottery has raised over $248 million for research at preeminent teaching hospitals and universities across Ontario.

Through funding from Heart & Stroke, Dr. Thais Coutinho research, which focusses on Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (TAA), is working to make TAAs less deadly.

Picture your aorta, your largest artery, carrying blood from the heart to your organs and limbs. Now picture a weak spot on the aorta’s wall; it balloons outward with every heartbeat.

It’s called an aneurysm, and you probably won’t know it’s there.

Healthy blood vessels are critical to your heart and brain health. While aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel, Dr. Coutinho is focused on the aorta.

Her pioneering research has found that when the aorta is stiff, it increases the risk that an aneurysm will grow faster. Her work could soon impact medical recommendations for treating TAA.

Read more about the impact Dr. Coutinho’s research is having here.