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 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, 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.

Musician Charles Doerr

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.

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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.

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Back On the Ice (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, aortic aneurysm, heart murmur, heart videos, minimally invasive surgery, patient story, video

NHL hockey player turned coach, Teppo Numminen, bounced back after a heart condition took him off the ice in 2007. To this day he uses the experience of his surgery to coach his team.

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Descending Aortic Aneurysm: Time to Operate? (Video)

Tags: aorta and aortic aneurysms whiteboards, aorta disease, aortic aneurysm, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, whiteboard sessions

Deciding whether now is the time to operate on a descending aortic aneurysm depends on a number of factors, including the size and growth rate of the diseased area.

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Ascending Aortic Aneurysm: Time to Operate? (Video)

Tags: aorta and aortic aneurysms whiteboards, aorta disease, aortic aneurysm, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, whiteboard sessions

It’s time to operate on an ascending aortic aneurysm when the risk of the aneurysm causing a life-threatening complication is greater than the risk of having surgery. Eric Roselli, MD, draws out the options.

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Fixing Aortic Aneurysms (Video)

Tags: aorta and aortic aneurysms whiteboards, aorta disease, aorta surgery, aortic aneurysm, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, vascular disease, whiteboard sessions

Aortic aneurysm can be safely and effectively treated using either open surgery or minimally invasive techniques. The approach depends on where the disease is located in the blood vessel.