A new study published in the journal Circulation shows that retired National Football League players have larger aortas than the average person.
TAVR is the latest advance in aortic valve replacement; its minimally invasive approach means patients who previously were out of options now have an effective, safe choice for treatment.
The aorta is the most important artery in your circulatory system, transporting oxygen-rich blood from the heart out to all of the blood vessels of your body. But the part of this artery just below the kidneys that carries blood to the lower extremities — what we call the abdominal aorta — is the most … Read More
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
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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
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
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
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
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
The aorta is a big, hardy blood vessel that carries more than a million gallons of blood from the heart to the chest, torso and legs over the course of a lifetime. For the most part, the aorta is more than adequate to its mighty task. But when the aorta is weakened by smoking or … Read More