Aneurysms and Aorta Disease

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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New Tech May Improve Your Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (Video)

Tags: aneurysms, endovascular aneurysm, endovascular aneurysm repair, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, vascular disease

Aneurysms in large arteries require repair. Ongoing studies look at a device that could prevent endoleaks after endovascular repair.


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Blood Test Improves Prediction of Your Heart Disease Risk

Tags: blood pressure, blood test, cholesterol, heart disease, study

A new study has found that measurements of patients’ lipoprotein-a levels can help doctors more accurately predict the risk of developing heart disease over the next 15 years.


Sealing Aortic Aneurysms at or Above the Kidneys

Sealing Your Aortic Aneurysms at or Above the Kidneys (Video)

Tags: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aortic-whiteboard, Dr. Clair, heart and vascular institute, heart videos, minimally invasive surgery, renal artery aneurysms, video, whiteboard sessions

Open stent grafts provide a minimally invasive option for treating abdominal aortic aneurysms that occur above the kidneys. Learn how this works.


Fixing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Without Invasive Surgery

Fixing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Without Invasive Surgery (Video)

Tags: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aortic-whiteboard, Dr. Clair, heart videos, minimally invasive surgery, video, whiteboard sessions

Treating aneurysms can require surgery, but, as this video illustrates, now a minimally invasive technique uses a wire stent coated in polyester to repair some abdominal aortic aneurysms without invasive surgery.


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

Tags: dr. gornik, fibromuscular dysplasia, FMD, heart and vascular institute, heart video, research, videos

The American Heart Association recently introduced new guidelines on fibromuscular dysplasia.The guidelines will help to pave the way for new research and help doctors better understand the condition.


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Your Guide to Treating Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (Video)

Tags: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aorta, aortic-whiteboard, Dr. Clair, heart videos, video, whiteboard sessions

A “bulge” in your aorta, known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm, can cause massive bleeding or even death if it ruptures. This whiteboard video illustrates how surgery repairs the aneurysm and restores healthy blood flow.


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New Music Comes Soon After New Heart Valve

Tags: aorta, aortic valve replacement, congenital heart defect, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

Patient’s proactive approach to his own care leads to successful valve surgery—and healthy cognitive functioning soon after the procedure.


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Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Tags: abdominal aortic aneurysm, heart and vascular institute, risk factors, vascular disease

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge that can form in a section of the body’s main artery. These aneurysms develop slowly over the years and often have no symptoms — but can become dangerous.


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Marfan Syndrome: Awareness Saves Lives

Tags: aorta surgery, marfan syndrome

People with Marfan syndrome tend to be very tall and have long, thin limbs. That doesn't sound so bad, but Marfan patients are also at high risk for deadly aortic tears. Early detection and diagnosis remains a challenge.


Medical Advances that may affect you

Aortic Aneurysm Trial Helps More Patients (Video)

Tags: aortic aneurysm, aortic aneurysm repair, aortic stent grafts, endografts, heart, heart surgery, heart videos, innovation, research, video

Vascular surgeon Matthew Eagleton, MD talks about a new device to make less invasive endograft procedures available for more patients with aortic aneurysms.