Our vascular specialists provide expert treatment of aortic disease, including complex aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, using the latest techniques. Our goal is to provide dedicated care to patients with known or incidentally found aortic aneurysms, intramural aortic hematoma, a penetrating aortic ulcer, aortic dissection, and acute/chronic evaluations.
Our experts use leading-edge technology and techniques to diagnose and treat aortic disease. Clinic services include:
We offer a full range of tests and treatments for aortic disease, including:
Treatment options for aortic disease can vary based on the severity of the compromise of the aortic valve or complexity of the disease related to other underlying conditions.
Aortic disease describes 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.
Call UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at 717-441-0578.
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