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.
An aneurysm is a type of aortic disease that causes bulging or weakening in the artery wall. There are several types of aortic aneurysms, including:
This type of aneurysm is a bulging present in the part of the aorta that extends from the top of the heart’s left ventricle.
A descending TAA is bulging or weakness in the part of the aorta located in the back of the chest cavity.
An AAA is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta located in the abdomen. This major blood vessel is responsible for supplying blood to your legs.
Symptoms of a thoracic aneurysm may include:
Anyone experiencing sudden or severe pain should seek immediate medical attention.
Advanced cardiovascular imaging capabilities facilitate performing even the most intricate and challenging cardiovascular procedures. Your doctor may order one or more of these tests:
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.
A series of X-rays taken from different angles provide detailed images of your heart.
Imaging that allows physicians to see internal organs and blood vessels from different angles with precise anatomical detail.
Treatment for aortic disease depends on your specific health situation but could include:
Thoracic aortic endovascular repair (TEVAR) is a minimally invasive alternative to major open surgery used for thoracic aortic aneurysm repair. In this procedure, a stent graft is inserted into the aneurysm through small incisions in the groin. This doesn’t require a large incision, allowing patients to usually recover within four weeks.
Open thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery is the traditional method used to repair a thoracic aortic aneurysm. During this procedure, the chest and abdomen are opened so the doctor can replace that weakened aorta with a graft. This method typically requires two to three months’ recovery time.
Most patients will return to their regular activities six weeks after surgery. For the best results, patients should stick to their treatment plan and make a few lifestyle changes, such as incorporating regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.
On average, life expectancy after thoracic aortic aneurysm is over five years. 59% of patients that had a repair lived 10 years after the surgery.
Our team is known for providing exceptional heart disease care. Here, you benefit from:
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.
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.
If you have not been formally diagnosed yet, call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to schedule an appointment with a general cardiologist to be evaluated.
If you’re already diagnosed with a thoracic aortic aneurysm and you are seeking a second opinion, call 1-855-828-TAVR 1-855-828-8287 to schedule a consultation with our Aortic Disease Program.
To schedule a consultation with our Aortic Disease Program, call 1-855-828-TAVR 1-855-828-8287 to connect with our program coordinator.
If you have a referral to schedule a procedure, contact the team at the facility where you want to have the procedure completed: