Care Excellence for Patients with Aortic Diseases and Conditions

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute is recognized as a high-volume center of excellence, providing advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options to patients with any type of heart condition, including aortic diseases and conditions. Our multidisciplinary team includes highly trained and experienced cardiac and vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular medicine specialists, radiologists, and genetics experts – working side-by-side to provide our patients optimal care for their unique needs.

Our team is teaching the aortic disease specialists of tomorrow through nationally recognized vascular and cardiology residency training programs, as well as advanced fellowship training in vascular surgery and interventional cardiology. This high level of skill and experience enables our physicians to provide you with a range of treatment options for an improved quality of life.

Access to the Latest Surgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques

UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute offers the latest therapies available only in select academic medical centers nationwide, including leading-edge surgical techniques such as complex aortic root reconstructions (including valve-sparing aortic root replacement) and surgical reconstruction of ascending aneurysms, arch pathologies and thoraco-abdominal aneurysms.

With expansive knowledge and expertise, our Aortic Center also offers complex minimally invasive therapies for appropriate patients that have been shown to result in shorter hospital stays, faster healing times and fewer respiratory and cardiac complications. Some of the most common minimally invasive procedures we use include:

  • Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR): EVAR uses small incisions in the groin along with X-ray guidance and special instruments to repair an aneurysm by inserting a stent graft inside the aorta.
  • Fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR): FEVAR allows surgeons the opportunity to repair the aorta through small incisions in the groin or arms while continuing to preserve blood flow to the critical arteries to the kidneys and other organs.
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR): When the EVAR procedure is used to treat thoracic aortic disease, it is referred to as TEVAR.

Beyond surgical and endovascular approaches, the Aortic Center at UH provides medical therapies for vasculitis and nonatherosclerotic occlusive disease of the aorta and branches.

Genetic Evaluation and Counseling

Since some aortic conditions can be hereditary, University Hospitals has genetic counselors on staff who specialize in cardiovascular conditions with genetic factors. With our genetic counseling services, you can determine whether any of your family members are at risk for developing an aortic condition. Family members who are at risk can be treated early and may be able to prevent life threatening issues.

Cutting-Edge Research & Clinical Trials

In addition to providing the latest treatments available, we continue to seek new and improved treatment options for aortic conditions. Through our research efforts, we are gaining a greater understanding of how these conditions occur so we can focus on early detection and intervention.

Qualified patients who are seeking treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) may be enrolled in the Global Registry for Endovascular Aortic Treatment (GREAT), which is collecting 10 years of patient performance data.

Select patients with AAA may be invited to participate in the Looking at EVAR Outcomes by Primary Analysis of Randomized Data (LEOPARD) trial. This trial studies which endovascular device approach is ideal for patients with AAA.

Specialization in a Wide Range of Aortic Conditions

Our aortic team specializes in treating a wide range of aortic conditions. We take great pride in using the latest techniques to treat or assist patients in the lifelong management of the following:

  • Acute and chronic aortic dissections
  • Aneurysms of the ascending aorta, aortic arch, and descending thoracic and abdominal aorta
  • Aortic atherosclerosis
  • Aortic root aneurysm
  • Aorto-annular ectasia
  • Aortoiliac occlusive disease
  • Intramural hematoma
  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome
  • Marfan’s syndrome
  • Penetrating aortic ulceration
  • Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Vasculitis

Learn More About Our State-of-the-Art Aortic Center

For more information on our state-of-the-art Aortic Center and the range of aortic conditions we treat, contact us today. We’ll help you find an aortic specialist at one of our convenient locations.