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

NBA Players Back in the Game After Open Heart Surgery (Video)

February is a good time to be thinking about your heart health. That is exactly what two Boston Celtics basketball players were doing around this time last year. It was then that Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox were suffering from the same life-threatening heart condition—a bulging aortic aneurysm. Both players had surgery to replace this … 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

Treating Aortic Aneurysms: A New System (Video)

More than 15,000 people die because of aortic aneurysms every year. Sadly, most of these deaths could be avoided with proper monitoring and timely treatment. Timely treatment can be tricky, though. A high number of cases — 20  to 40 percent — are so complex that common treatments such as grafts don’t work. That’s about … Read More

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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

Gender Gap in Aortic Repair Compare

Women have enough to worry about.  That’s why TBE regrets having to report on a recent study in the Journal of Vascular Surgery on the outcomes of women undergoing various procedures for abdominal aortic aneurysms. The study compared open surgery and endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) for elective and emergency cases. EVAR is a minimally … Read More