An experienced team treating disease of the aorta
The aorta is the major blood vessel that extends from the heart down to the abdomen. It carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body and when it is damaged or weakened, it can become wider (aneurysm) or torn (dissection).
An aneurysm occurs when the walls of a blood vessel become thin and blood pressure causes it to widen (dilate). An aneurysm is usually detected through a CT scan or an ultrasound. Aneurysms can occur in any vessel in the body, but it is common in the aorta. The aneurysm may appear in the aorta in the chest (thoracic) or below the diaphragm (abdominal) or may run through both areas (thoracoabdominal). Aortic aneurysms are dangerous because a weakened aorta can rupture, leading to massive internal bleeding and, often, death.