Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Thoracic aortic aneurysm is a ballooning, weakened area in the upper portion of the aorta. It may also be called thoracic aneurysm and aortic dissection (TAAD) because an aneurysm can lead to a tear in the artery wall and can cause fatal bleeding. Slow-growing and small thoracic aortic aneurysms may not ever rupture, but fast-growing, large ones may.

Cardiovascular surgeons at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute are leaders in using advanced diagnostic technology and therapeutic intervention to diagnose and treat thoracic aortic aneurysms and lower your risk for blood clots.

Thoracic aortic aneurysm care at AHN: Why choose us?

Our team is known for providing exceptional heart disease care. Here, you benefit from:

  • Personalized treatment: Our team taps the expertise of doctors from different fields. We develop a treatment plan specific to your health condition and needs. AHN participates in clinical trials for carotid artery stenting and new therapies at the Cardiovascular Research Institute.
  • Depth of expertise: Cardiovascular surgeons at (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute are leaders in performing thoracic endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (TEVAR) and have years of experience with procedures such as aortic arch, ascending trifurcated graft, valve-sparing aortic root, bicuspid aortic valve, elephant trunk, thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair, complicated Type B dissection management, and profound hypothermic circulatory arrest.
  • Leading cardiac services: AHN is the highest-rated health system in western Pennsylvania for patient safety in overall medical care, overall surgical care, heart attack treatment, heart failure treatment, and pulmonary care, according to the 2018 CareChex® quality rating system.* Learn more about the Cardiovascular Institute.

Diagnosing thoracic aortic aneurysms at AHN

Our advanced cardiovascular imaging capabilities facilitate performing even the most intricate and challenging cardiovascular procedures. Your doctor may order one or more of these tests:

  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This scan uses radio waves and magnets to create detailed images and videos of your heart’s chambers, valves, and blood vessels in motion. Learn more about cardiovascular imaging.
  • Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan: A series of X-rays taken from different angles provides detailed images of your heart.
  • Real-time 3-D imaging: Imaging that allows physicians to see internal organs and blood vessels from different angles with precise anatomical detail.

Treating thoracic aortic aneurysms at AHN

Treatment for aortic disease depends on your specific health situation. Learn more about treating aortic disease.

Contact us

Call 412 (DOCTORS) (412) 578-3511 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN cardiovascular services.