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Ascending and Aortic Arch Aneurysms

An ascending aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the portion of the aorta closest to the heart.

The ascending aorta begins at the heart's left ventricle and extends to the aortic arch, or the bend in the aorta. The arch of the aorta gives off branches to the head and arms.

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute's Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease treats a full range of disorders and diseases affecting the aorta, such as aneurysms and aortic dissection.


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