Aortic Disorders

Aortic Disorders

An experienced team treating disease of the aorta

The aorta is the major blood vessel that extends from the heart down to the abdomen. It carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body and when it is damaged or weakened, it can become wider (aneurysm) or torn (dissection).

An aneurysm occurs when the walls of a blood vessel become thin and blood pressure causes it to widen (dilate). An aneurysm is usually detected through a CT scan or an ultrasound. Aneurysms can occur in any vessel in the body, but it is common in the aorta. The aneurysm may appear in the aorta in the chest (thoracic) or below the diaphragm (abdominal) or may run through both areas (thoracoabdominal). Aortic aneurysms are dangerous because a weakened aorta can rupture, leading to massive internal bleeding and, often, death.

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Aortic Disorders

Bernadette Aulivola
Bernadette Aulivola
M.D.,R.V.T., FACS
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Aneurysms, Angioplasty and Stenting of Blocked Arteries, Aortic Aneurysms, Artery Blockage...
Mamdouh Bakhos
Mamdouh Bakhos
M.D., FACS
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support (LVAD), Heart Valve Repair, Vascular...
Jae Sung Cho
Jae Sung Cho
M.D., FACS
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Aneurysms, Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm, A...
Paul Crisostomo
Paul Crisostomo
M.D.
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Aneurysms, Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Surgery, T...
Pegge Halandras
Pegge Halandras
M.D.
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Aortic Aneurysms, Artery Blockage Related to the Foot or Leg, Carotid Blockage
Richard Hershberger
Richard Hershberger
M.D., FACS
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Aortic Aneurysms, Angioplasty and Stenting of Blocked Arteries, .
Bruce E. Lewis
Bruce E. Lewis
M.D.
Cardiology
Heart Disease, Vascular Disease, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Fred Leya
Fred Leya
M.D.
Cardiology
Coronary Artery Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, Leg Pain, Heart...
John J. Lopez
John J. Lopez
M.D., FACC, FSCAI
Cardiology
Coronary Artery Disease, Vascular Disease, Heart Disease, Vascular Disease/ASD/PFO, Valvu...
Jeffrey Schwartz
Jeffrey Schwartz
M.D., FACS
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Aortic Valve Surgery, Mechanical Circulatory Support (LVAD), Heart...

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