Repairing Your Aortic Root Aneurysms

Needing surgery to repair an aortic root aneurysm is a scary diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to be. The methods for fixing this type of bulge in the aorta just above the aortic valve are durable and safe, when performed by experienced surgeons. With modern techniques, you’ll be back in your normal routine in no … Read More

Can You Prevent Narrowing of Your Aortic Valve? (Video)

We’ve suspected for some time that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for developing aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). It’s been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic … Read More

New Tech May Improve Your Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (Video)

Ongoing trials are testing a novel approach to preventing endoleaks (residual bleeding) that affect up to 20 percent of all patients who undergo endovascular aneurysm repair. A relatively common problem following this type of repair, endoleaks can require repeat procedures. A stent combined with an inflatable endobag could eliminate the need for repeat surgery and … Read More

Hope and Help for Radiation-Damaged Hearts (Video)

No one wants to hear that they’ve been diagnosed with cancer, but advances in treating cancer with multiple therapies including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation continue to save lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2002 and 2008 is 68 percent, and that’s a marked increase … Read More

Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery (Video)

If you could get a glimpse inside your aortic artery, you would see that it’s much like the inside of a garden hose. It has a thick inner layer with a thinner outer layer as protection. When the artery is healthy, that muscular inner layer is round and wide. This  allows easy flow of blood … Read More

Fixing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Without Invasive Surgery (Video)

Treating aneurysms throughout the body usually requires open surgery, but now we’re able to use a minimally invasive procedure to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms. These are aneurysms that occur in the part of the aorta that carries blood from the heart into the lower extremities. In traditional open surgery, surgeons go in and repair the aneurysm, or … Read More

New FMD Guidelines Pave the Way for More Research (Video)

The American Heart Association recently introduced new guidelines on a condition called fibromuscular dysplasia. The multi-disciplinary statement will help to pave the way for new research. This will help doctors and researchers better understand the condition. Ultimately, such research will improve care and treatment of patients with FMD. What is FMD? FMD is a disease that causes … Read More