The aorta, highlighted in blue, is the main blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to your brain and vital organs.
Each patient with aortic disease deserves the best possible care. At the Aortic Disease Center, we offer a comprehensive care team made of several different types of surgeons and doctors, each with their own set of refined technical skills. That way, every patient can benefit from the full range of physician expertise and technology. Combined, aortic patients receive the best possible solution to their unique situation.
Our physicians are committed to optimal care for each patient. This means that each individual is carefully reviewed in collaborative meetings to determine the safest and most effective method of treatment. Therapy plans include traditional surgery, endovascular repair, and "hybrid" surgery combining open surgical and less invasive techniques.
Our team is focused on making every individual feel safe and comfortable. Each care provider takes time to educate each individual and their families to explain the treatment plan and ongoing care.
After procedures, patients are cared for in the Thoracic Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This 24-bed unit is staffed with caring, experienced nurses. In addition to their professional expertise, the unit is equipped with the most advanced electronic monitoring tools that ensure patient safety. In fact, the entire Intermountain system is 'wired' with electronic patient information, allowing our staff to more efficiently coordinate your medical care.
After discharge from the hospital, we develop a long-term care plan for each patient. This may involve regular follow-up exams such as CT scans or ultrasound in addition to regular clinic appointments. We offer genetic counseling and evaluation for familial aortic diseases to identify loved ones that may have undiagnosed aortic problems.
Comprehensive long-term management also includes screening and treatment of associated cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery disease, and heart valve disease.