Aortic & Artery Disease

Aortic & Artery Disease

At UVA, our aortic and artery teams work closely with referring physicians to determine your best course of treatment from management to surgical intervention.

Our team of cardiologists, interventional radiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons work together to make sure you get the most appropriate treatment options.

Learn about the aortic and artery diseases we treat.

Aortic & Artery Disease

Aortic & Artery Disease

Aortic & Artery Disease

At UVA, our aortic and artery teams work closely with referring physicians to determine your best course of treatment from management to surgical intervention.

Our team of cardiologists, interventional radiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons work together to make sure you get the most appropriate treatment options.

Learn about the aortic and artery diseases we treat.

UVA's Artery Disease Team

  • At UVA, we've been performing minimally invasive stenting (balloon angioplasty) for over 25 years. We're a leader in the region at blocked or torn artery repair with:

    • Minimally invasive angioplasties
    • Stent-grafts
    • Blood-clot removal and medication
    • Bypass grafts and surgical bypass
    • Mechanical devices
    • Endarterectomies

    Patient outcomes are better at hospitals that perform more than 100 carotid endarterectomies a year — we perform about 120.

Experienced Surgeons Mean Better Outcomes
Experienced Surgeons

UVA's Aortic Disease Team

UVA's treatment options for aortic disease include endovascular (minimally invasive procedures) or open vascular surgery. Our aortic surgery team has the region’s most extensive experience with treatment of:

  • Aortic dissection
  • Thoracoabdominal aneurysms
  • Connective tissue disorders

As a high-volume aortic surgery center, we performed more than 2,500 major aortic procedures in the past decade. 

Leading Treatment Programs

  • Genetic Counseling

    We offer genetic counseling and guidance to patients and families at high risk for developing aortic disease. We'll help you understand your risks at our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic.

    Research Pioneers

    UVA's heart and vascular research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. We welcome complex cases and are a leader in multiple national clinical trials. Find out if you qualify for a clinical trial.

    Advanced Facilities

    With four state-of-the-art operating rooms, our treatment facilities allow for less invasive and hybrid procedures that combine complex open surgery with endovascular techniques.

A Head Start on Aortic Emergencies

Aortic Alert Program

Watch this video about the aortic alert program If you have an aortic emergency and are seen at another hospital, our Aortic Alert system can help you get UVA's specialty care as soon as possible. Referring physicians can quickly get in touch with a UVA aortic triage officer (the attending cardiac or vascular surgeon) any time, day or night.

John Kern, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, one of the leaders of this effort, has one goal: to get a patient's medical information as soon as possible so his team is ready when patients are transferred to UVA. A patient's chance of survival greatly depends on how soon they receive proper treatment. 

Additionally, Aortic Alert helps notify other institutions of UVA's ability to provide specialty care to treat aortic emergencies, like aortic dissections and aneurysms.

Listen to Carlin Williams, MD, discuss the Aortic Alert Program at UVA

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