Penn Heart and Vascular

Overview of the Complex Aortic Disease Program

Reducing Risk for Patients with Aortic Disease

Penn Medicine is dedicated to removing the "un" from "unavoidable, unpredictable, and untreatable" when it comes to disorders of the thoracic aorta.

Complex Aortic Disease specialists at Penn:

  • Help patients avoid surgery through early detection of potential problems
  • Identify and manage genetic risk factors
  • Slow the progression of disease with rigorous medical management
  • Offer the latest and safest surgical procedures before an emergency occurs
  • Bring together the most capable and experienced rapid response teams in the region to treat patients in critical condition
  • Aggressively prevent complications with stringent surgical and intensive care protocols
  • Provide lifelong monitoring by partnering with the patient’s cardiologist or primary care physician

The dedicated team consists of:

  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Neurologists
  • Medical genetics specialists

Ultimately, surgical intervention becomes necessary for many patients with aortic disease. Penn surgical teams have more experience with these technically demanding procedures and the complex circulatory issues that surround them than any other center in the area. In fact, Penn is nationally known for successfully performing complex interventions on very high risk patients.

Procedures include:

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