Aortic Aneurysm and Enlarged Aorta

If you have aortic disease, turn to Nuvance Health® for advanced surgery, technologies, treatments and research to improve your quality of life.

Aortic Aneurysm and Enlarged Aorta at Nuvance Health: Why Choose Us?

At Nuvance Health, you’ll find:

  • Comprehensive care for your aorta

    Nuvance Health offers comprehensive care for aortic aneurysm and enlarged aorta, including:

    Many specialists work together to recommend treatment tailored to your needs and coordinate your care.

  • Sophisticated imaging

    The team offers cardiac imaging technology, including CT and MRI scans and echocardiography, to provide an accurate diagnosis.

    We also perform a unique aortic procedure with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), which provides detailed 3D imaging without injecting dye into the body. MRA helps us assess your aortic risk—including bicuspid aortic valve disease, a risk factor for aneurysms (bulging, weakened blood vessels).

  • Advanced treatment
    The team includes cardiovascular and aortic specialists and pioneering aortic researchers. They are skilled in diagnosis, medical treatment and complex surgery. We perform valve-sparing aortic root replacement (also called the David procedure), which reduces the need for valve replacement or blood thinners.
  • Genetic testing

    Your doctor assesses your risk using specialized imaging, aortic tissue analysis and genetic testing. We also offer screening for family members at risk for thoracic aortic disease.

    We lead genetic testing for bicuspid aortic valve, Marfan syndrome and Loeys-Dietz syndrome—and other diseases with genetic links. These tests can show whether you need further testing and aortic or vascular treatment.

  • National research
    Nuvance Health participates in national research into the genetics of aortic dissection and rupture. We maintain a registry for patients and family members. Registry participants receive ongoing guidance about disease risks and treatment options.
The aorta is your main blood vessel (artery), carrying blood from the heart to your vital organs. Enlarged aortas aren’t as strong as normal aortas. They can develop bulges called aortic aneurysms, which require individualized assessment to prevent the blood vessel from rupturing.
The Nuvance Health team diagnoses and treats thoracic aortic disease (aortic conditions in the chest):
  • Aortic dissection: A tear in the aorta wall
  • Bicuspid aortic valve: The fusion of one or more valve flaps in the aortic valve
  • Enlarged or dilated aorta: Weakened walls of the aorta that can appear as a bulge (aortic aneurysm)
  • Genetic aneurysm syndromes:
    • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
    • Marfan Syndrome
    • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
    • Turner’s Syndrome
    • Other familial and non-familial genetic mutations associated with thoracic aneurysm, including MYLK, ACTA, TGF-B, SMAD, NOTCH and others

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm: Aneurysm in the part of the aorta that runs through the chest
Personalized Care for Your Aorta

If your doctor diagnoses an aneurysm or dilated aorta, you need specialized assessment for your specific situation to help prevent complications such as an aortic tear (dissection) or rupture. Your doctor recommends lifestyle changes and medication to treat your specific condition. Very few aortic conditions require surgery right away, but all need long-term monitoring. You receive personalized care and lifetime monitoring, providing you and your referring cardiologist with regular communication and peace of mind.