TAVR Procedure Safe for Elderly with Aortic Stenosis

High-risk patients with severe narrowing of the aorta are no longer out of options – even if they’re in their 90s. A recent Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute study confirms that Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is now safe and effective for patients well into their 80s and 90s. The key to successful results … Read More

New Music Comes Soon After New Heart Valve

When Channon Doerr was 8, a school nurse discovered he had a congenital heart defect. He didn’t let that slow him down. He went from being an athletic kid to working with neighborhood kids on an old farm in his hometown of Wisconsin. In junior high he taught himself how play the piano. Ticking Time … Read More

Understanding Aortic Aneurysms (Video)

An aortic aneurysm can be a scary diagnosis, but understanding how and where the condition occurs in the body’s largest blood vessel can bring peace of mind. You’re probably wondering: When is it time to operate on an aortic aneurysm? In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic’s Eric E. Roselli, MD, surgeon in the Department of Thoracic … Read More

All About the Aorta (Video)

The aorta is a huge blood vessel that’s as thick as the drainpipe under your kitchen sink. And it’s a key player in taking blood to your vital organs and various parts of your body. The aorta is divided up into sections, and location is everything when it comes to treating aortic aneurysms. In this whiteboard … Read More

Celtics’ Player Back on the Court after Heart Surgery

Just last December, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green was shocked to learn he had an aortic aneurysm and needed surgery. Today, he proudly bears his heart surgery scar. This week, he took to the basketball court for the Boston Celtic’s season opener against Miami marking a major milestone in his recovery.  Catch this feature in … Read More

Blocked Aorta May Not Need a Big Operation (Video)

The aorta is a big blood vessel, and a blocked aorta used to mean a big operation. But we want you to know that Cleveland Clinic will aggressively pursue balloon angioplasty and other minimally invasive options in every case – to speed your recovery and get you home sooner. More information Learn more about your … Read More

Covering the Angles in Aortic Stent Grafting: Part 2

Traditionally, we repaired and replaced aortic aneurysms through open surgery. Today, we’re more likely to do a minimally invasive procedure that slips a wire-reinforced liner inside the aorta to relieve the pressure and be the new pipeline for circulation. These liners, called endografts, are amazing devices. The first generations of endografts were straight tubes that … Read More

TAVR Gets Wider Approval (Video)

Diseased or damaged aortic valves may need to be replaced. This is usually done through open surgery. But some patients are too sick or frail for surgery. Now they have an alternative. It’s called trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This technique uses a special device that goes through the blood vessels. Only a small incision … Read More