Aortic disease is caused when the main artery supplying blood to your heart weakens. One type, aneurysms, is a weakening that allows blood to collect, causing the wall of the aorta to bulge — and potentially burst. Another, a dissection, is a tear in the inner layer of the aorta, which allows blood to flow between the layers of the artery wall. Aortic disease is an inherited condition, so your family members may be at greater risk.
Any tear or burst is an emergency and requires immediate surgery.
You should see your doctor right away if you feel:
Our physicians are experts at caring for patients with aortic diseases and other conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. At the Cardiovascular Institute, you can expect:
You’ll meet with our specialists as soon as your aortic disease is first detected. We start by using MRI, CTA, and echocardiology imaging to see what’s happening inside your aorta. Our imaging equipment is right in our office, so you don’t have to wait elsewhere in the hospital.
Our experts work as a team to build a treatment plan specific to your condition and needs. We use minimally invasive techniques whenever we can, so you have a faster recovery with less pain. Our treatment options include: