Aortic Disease Center for Medical Professionals

Aortic Disease Center Offers Highest-Quality Outcomes

The Aortic Disease Center of University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute is recognized as a high-volume program, providing advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options for patients with any type of acute or chronic aortic disease.


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For Questions or More Information: AorticCenter@UHhospitals.org

A Successful Combination of Expertise and Advanced Technology

Our multidisciplinary team includes top-rated cardiac and vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular medicine specialists and genetics experts.

Precision Imaging Modalities

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Precision Imaging Modalities

  • Computed tomographic angiography (CTA)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Conventional angiography
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)

Surgical Techniques

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Surgical Techniques

With clinical outcomes on par or better than other academic medical centers nationwide, the Aortic Disease Center offers the latest therapies available, including:

  • Hybrid (open surgical-endovascular) repair of ascending aortic aneurysms and arch pathologies using “elephant trunk” or “frozen elephant trunk” procedure
  • Open surgical and endovascular reconstruction of thoraco-abdominal aneurysms
  • Open surgical reconstruction of occlusive diseases of the great vessels, thoracic and abdominal aorta
  • Open surgical and endovascular treatment of aortic dissections, aortic ruptures, intramural hematoma and penetrating aortic ulcer
  • Open surgical and endovascular repair of complex abdominal aortic aneurysm

Advanced Minimally Invasive Procedures

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Advanced Minimally Invasive Procedures

The Aortic Disease Center also has extensive expertise in performing unique minimally invasive interventions for appropriate aortic disease patients, techniques shown to significantly reduce mortality compared with traditional open surgery, such as:

  • 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 aortic aneurysm that involve the blood vessels to the kidneys through small incisions in the groin or arms while continuing to preserve blood flow through the critical arteries to the kidneys and other organs.
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR): When endovascular technology is used to treat thoracic aortic disease, it is referred to as TEVAR.

Beyond surgical and endovascular approaches, the Aortic Disease Center provides medical therapies for vasculitis and non-atherosclerotic occlusive disease of the aorta and branches.


Genetic Evaluation and Counseling

Through the Center for Cardiovascular Genetics of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, our program offers genetic evaluation and counseling for patients and families affected by Marfan’s syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or other connective tissue disease involving the aorta.

Learn more about our aortic disease research and clinical trials