Thoracic Aortic Conditions

Conditions We Treat

The Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease (CTAD) provides treatment for the following conditions:

Innovative Treatments and Care

The CTAD provides patients with immediate access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment strategies for thoracic aortic disease, including:

  • Sophisticated 3D, volume-rendered, computed tomographic (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) angiography to help produce optimal anatomic reconstruction strategies for the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta.
  • Comprehensive neurocerebral and spinal cord protection protocols to optimize neurologic outcomes.
  • Minimally invasive endovascular thoracic aortic repair with stent grafts for aneurysmal diseases, dissection processes, and traumatic injuries.
  • Reconstruction of the aortic root with aortic valve-preserving strategies, including complex aortic valve repair techniques designed and championed by the CTAD's own surgeons.
This 3-D aortic image shows a patient with coarctation, or narrowing, of the aorta, which affects blow flow.






This 3-D aortic image shows coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta, a condition which affects blood flow.

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