Thoracic Aortic Disease Treatment
Ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections represent life-threatening emergencies that require immediate medical attention.
Thoracic aortic aneurysms affect approximately 15,000 people in the United States each year.
Thoracic aortic diseases include:
|Aortic dissections||Traumatic injury|
The Thoracic Aortic Disease program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is designed to manage all aspects of thoracic aortic disease from the aortic valve down through the thoraco-abdominal aorta. This program is led by co-directors:
|S. Chris Malaisrie, MD
|Mark K. Eskandari, MD
The team uses a comprehensive monitoring system that tracks heart, brain, and spinal cord function during surgery. This helps the Thoracic Aortic Disease program team achieve better long-term clinical outcomes for each patient.
Treatment Options for Aortic Aneurysm
- Minimally invasive surgery or thoracic endovascular aortic valve repair (TEVAR)
- Standard open operation
- Medication to control cholesterol
- Medications to minimize the growth rate of the aneurysm by slowing the heart rate, reducing the heart's force of contraction and lowering the blood pressure
- Restriction of physical activities, especially those requiring heavy lifting
- Risk Factor Modification
The following tests may help your physician diagnose thoracic aortic disease, including:
Clinical Trials for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Several clinical research trials are currently underway at the Center for Vascular Disease and Center for Heart Valve Disease to investigate and improve the care for patients with thoracic aortic disease. These ongoing clinical research trials help to ensure that our patients with thoracic aortic disease continue to receive the most innovative care in the country. For more information regarding these clinical trials, visit the Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern, send an e-mail or call 312-926-4000.
For more information regarding thoracic aortic disease and the treatments available, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 866-662-8467. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-695-4965 or request a first-time appointment online.