Our vascular specialists provide expert treatment of aortic disease, including complex aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, using the latest techniques.
Our experts use leading-edge technology and techniques to diagnose and treat aortic disease. We offer a full range of tests and treatments for aortic disease, including:
Some types of aortic disease may be treated with medications that lower blood pressure or treat other underlying conditions. Your doctor may also monitor your condition over time to make sure it does not become worse.
Aortic disease is the name used to describe conditions that cause problems in your aorta, which is the largest artery in your body. Aortic disease can be life-threatening and can cause your aorta to split, which is called a dissection, or bulge out, which is called an aneurysm. Aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection may require surgical treatment.
Specific conditions that cause problems with your aorta include:
In some cases, aortic disease may not cause symptoms. However, if you have an aortic dissection or aortic aneurysm, symptoms may appear suddenly and be severe. Aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm may cause symptoms including:
Some types of aortic disease, such as Marfan syndrome or EDS, are present at birth. However, you may be at risk of developing aortic disease later in life if you have other health conditions, including:
Preventing heart disease and chronic conditions can reduce the risk that you will develop aortic disease. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight are a great start. You also should control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, avoid smoking, and limit alcoholic beverages.
Call UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at 717-231-8555.
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Located at Brady Building
205 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
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