Heart disease: Marfan syndrome
Marfan syndrome is an inherited disease that affects the connective tissue. Connective tissue is the most abundant tissue in the body and is a vital component of the body's organs. Its primary purpose is to hold the body together and provide a framework for growth and development. It provides the strength and support to tendons, cartilage, heart valves and many other parts of the body, as well as strength and elasticity to the blood vessels.
For people with Marfan syndrome, the chemical makeup of the connective tissue isn't normal and as a result is not as strong as it should be. Because connective tissue is found throughout the body, Marfan syndrome can affect many parts, including the bones, eyes, heart and blood vessels, nervous system, skin and lungs.
What causes Marfan syndrome?
Marfan syndrome is caused by a defect in the gene that codes for the structure of fibrillin and the elastic fibres, major and essential components of connective tissue that appear to contribute to its strength and elasticity.
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